- Oct 4, 2023
- Jul 10, 2023
The cricket schedule of the Men in Blue is all set to have more games as Indian Cricket Board President Sourav Ganguly announced that India will host South Africa and Australia for a three-match T20I series each, ahead of the T20 World Cup 2022, which is set to begin on October 16. The T20Is will help in fine-tuning the preparations for the 20-20 World Cup in Australia.
The Indian Cricket Board’s Apex Council concluded its meeting on Thursday evening, and a tsunami of decisions were taken by the officials. While there have been plenty of developments in India’s domestic circuit, there also have been some major undertakings in the international matches. ganguly also announced that the Asia Cup has been shifted to the UAE amidst the crisis in Sri Lanka.
“We will host SA and Australia for three T20Is each before going for the T20 World Cup. South Africa will come to India after concluding their ongoing England tour (in September). All those venues which didn’t get to stage a game against SA- Ranchi, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Indore, Mohali- will host T20Is against SA and Australia,” Ganguly told the media after the Board’s Apex Council meeting on Thursday.
India recently hosted the Proteas for a five-match T20I series in June 2022. While the visitors managed to take a 2-0 lead, the Men in Blue mounted a strong comeback to win the third and fourth T20Is at Rajkot and Vizag. The fifth and decider T20I was washed out due to rain in Bangalore, and as a result, the series ended in a 2-2 tie.
The Men in Blue will travel to Zimbabwe for three ODIs after the completion of the West Indies series. Then, After finishing off their World Cup campaign, India will travel to New Zealand for a white-ball series in November and move to Bangladesh thereon for two Test matches and a three-match ODI series in December. Before hosting South Africa for an ODI series, India will host Australia for four Tests between January and February, followed by an ODI series.