The Indian team will likely have an extremely busy schedule in preparation for the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia, which kicks off in October. Apparently, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has planned three more limited overseas tours for the team, which will take place after their visit to England in July and before the T20 World Cup.
According to a report from TOI, India will face Ireland in a unique T20I during their England tour. Furthermore, sources have informed the newspaper that Team India will be heading for a West Indies tour after the England tour has ended. They will then travel to Zimbabwe, followed by the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
The Indian team is currently preparing for the Sri Lanka series, comprising three T20Is and two tests, at home, which will start on February 24 and is expected to end on March 16. After that, the Indian Premier League (IPL) is expected to start last week of March and could continue till third week of May.
The Indian team are also set to face South Africa in five home T20Is from June 9-19, after which they will travel to the United Kingdom. On their England tour in July, India will play a test match in Birmingham to make up for the cancellation of the Manchester test on their previous tour. The visitors will also face the English in three T20Is and as many ODIs, with the last one-day being on July 17.
‘Every player has been communicated’ – BCCI official on Team India’s busy route
A BCCI official was quoted as saying by TOI that all players were informed of the busy schedule ahead of the T20 World Cup. The official said:
“Discussions about bio-bubble breaks have already started. Each player has been briefed on the busy itinerary. They have had time to think about when they would like to take a break. It is likely that an exhausted team will surrender in Zimbabwe Ideally, the Asian Cup will be the right tournament to face the first team, to get combinations just before the T20 World Cup.
Additionally, as the unique T20I in Ireland is likely to be played at the same time as the Tests, it is possible that Team India could field two different teams simultaneously.
Something similar happened last year when a limited number squad was in Sri Lanka while the test squad was in England.