On Friday, according to reports from the Indian Express, BCCI’s treasurer Arun Dhumal confirmed that BCCI are set to request the ECB for two warm-up games ahead of the five-match series against England. This comes in after India were handed a loss in the World Tet Championship final by New Zealand
Post India’s horrific eight-wicket loss at the hands of New Zealand in the World Test Championship final, Indian skipper Virat Kohli stated that the team has to adapt well to the conditions. The Indian skipper also talked about the possibility of playing more warm-up games before the five-match series against England, later in August. However, Kohli also revealed that the Men in Blue were denied first-class fixtures before the England series.
"That doesn't depend on us. We obviously wanted First-Class games which I believe has not been given to us. I don't know what the reasons for that are," Kohli said after India's loss in the WTC final.
In the aftermath of this incident, BCCI’s treasurer Arun Dhumal has confirmed to the Indian Express that the BCCI are on the verge of placing a request with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for two warm-up games before the series against the Three Lions. Earlier, it was confirmed that India would field two sides as part of the warm-up fixture, before the England series.
“Jay (Shah) will be speaking to ECB and its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tom Harrison to make an arrangement for two warm-up games before the five Test match series,” BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal told The Indian Express.
Dhumal also stated that BCCI’s secretary Jay Shah was of the opinion that the ECB should at least give the Men in Blue two warm-up games before the long series kicks off. The publication also reported that there is no clarity over whether the requested fixture would be a three-day event, like it was in Australia or a four-day event, like a County fixture.
“The secretary felt that the BCCI should request the ECB to give at least two warm-up games so that players can get in some good match practice before the series starts.”