India to play D/N warm-up sport

Melbourne, October 28

The Indian cricket team will get an additional Day/Night warm-up game in Sydney as a tune-up to the series-opening Pink Ball Test against Australia, the host board announced today while unveiling the full schedule of the 69-day tour.

The tour will include a 14-day quarantine-cum-training period in Sydney starting November 12 for the Indians who will fly in after the IPL final on November 10.

The Border-Gavaskar Trophy will begin with a Day/Night encounter in Adelaide on December 17, followed by Tests in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

As per BCCI’s demands, there is a week’s gap between the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and the New Year’s Test in Sydney.

“India’s squad will arrive in Sydney on November 12 subject to Australian Border Force travel authorisation and the appropriate departure-approvals. The team will quarantine in Sydney prior to the first match of the series on November 27,” Cricket Australia said. “…CA can also confirm dates for tour matches ahead of the Test series. India A will take on Australia A at Drummoyne Oval (New South Wales) (December 6-8), and India will play Australia A in a day-night match at the Sydney Cricket Ground (December 11-13).”

The Adelaide fixture will be the first Day/Night Test played between the two teams. Neither team has lost a Day/Night Test, with Australia winning against New Zealand, South Africa, England and Pakistan in Adelaide, and India winning against Bangladesh in Kolkata.

Nick Hockley, CA’s interim CEO, said that the Boxing Day Test might feature spectators as the board is coordinating with the Victorian State government on the issue. — PTI

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