According to ESPNCricinfo, Indian non-rotator Ravichandran Ashwin is likely to play Surrey’s county championship match in London against Somerset starting July 11.
Ashwin requires a work visa, as the European Central Bank and BCCI were able to obtain the visa for him. Ashwin has already played some county games in the past. He was part of Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire and took 20 and 34 wickets respectively. If he plays the game, which takes place at The Oval, Ashwin will be on the tag from July 11 to July 14. The match ends on the same day that the Indian team will be required to enter the vital bubble ahead of England’s Test Series.
According to the original schedule, India did not have a practice game before the England Test series. The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry asked the European Central Bank to arrange some first-class matches. According to PTI, after this request, India can play a practice match against “Select XI Province”.
No date has been set for the match, but July 20-22 appears to be a potential window for it. As reports indicate, Select County XI will have players from all county teams which will give some training time to the Indian team ahead of the much-anticipated Test series against England.
“We are aware of a request from the BCCI to play a three-day warm-up match against County Select XI as part of the Indian men’s test team’s preparation for the five-game Test series,” an ECB spokesperson told PTI. .
“We are working through the COVID-19 processes and protocols to ensure we are able to deliver and will confirm in due course. The Indian Test team will report to Emirates Riverside, Durham for pre-test camp on July 15 and will be on standby until August 1 before heading to Trent Bridge, Nottingham before the first test starting August 4,” he added.