The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is working on a COVID-19 protocol to organize a practice match against the combined county team in the third week of July to prepare for the five-match Test series for the Indian team. The Indian team may play a three-day warm-up match against a Select County XI, which can be given first-class status, before the Test series against England. Select County XI was formerly known as United Counties. This match can be done from 20 to 22 July.
An ECB spokesperson said, “We are well aware of the BCCI’s request for the Indian men’s Test team to play a three-day warm-up match against the County Select XI in preparation for the five-match Test series. We are working on the COVID-19 protocol and other preparations to ensure this practice match, which we will confirm in the times to come. The Indian team will arrive at Emirates Riverside in Durham on 15 July for the pre-Test series camp and will prepare at the same venue by August 1, after which the team will reach Trent Bridge in Nottingham before the first Test starting on August 4.
Asked how strong the rival team will be for the practice match as The Hundred tournament starts on July 23, the spokesperson said, “It will have only players who will not play in The Hundred and we are going to build the strongest team from the available players.” Would like to choose.’ The Indian team did not look so prepared in the WTC final against New Zealand as it had played only one practice match by forming two teams within the team to prepare for it, after which cricket legends like Sunil Gavaskar and Alastair Cook felt that such a big match. That was not enough for him. Even skipper Virat Kohli had expressed displeasure after losing the final that he was not allowed to play a first-class match, while the BCCI requested the ECB for a practice match. The Indian team management understood that preparation is not possible without a proper first-class or practice match against at least one rival team.