India are all set to play 3 T20Is each against Australia and South Africa before they depart to Australia for the T20 World Cup, starting October 22.
More T20 action for India at home ahead of the World Cup in Australia (AP Photo)
- India to play Australia from September 20 to 25
- India to face South Africa in 3 T20is from September 28
- A second-string side will play 3 ODIs vs South Africa from October 6
India are set to play 3 T20Is against Australia and South Africa at home before they head to Australia for the T20 World Cup. The Asian giants will also play 3 ODIs against South Africa at home for which a second-string team is set to take the field.
It is learnt that India will play Australia in Mohali (September 20), Nagpur (September 23) and Hyderabad (September 25). They will round off their World Cup preparations with three more T20 against the Proteas in Trivandrum (September 28), Guwahati (October 1) and Indore (October 3), the PTI news agency reported on Thursday, July 21.
India will then play 3 ODIs against South Africa in in Ranchi (October 6), Lucknow (October 9) and Delhi (October 11).
India players, who are part of the T20 World Cup, are likely to not feature in the ODIs as they will head to Australia to prepare for the ICC event. The Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup gets underway on October 22 with India beginning their campaign against Pakistan on October 23 in Melbourne.
“As our secretary Jay Shah had said recently, we will have two national teams of equal strength available. So the three ODIs will be played at a time when national team leaves for the World T20,” PTI quoted a BCCI source as saying.
“The ODI as per rotation was to come to Kolkata but it was during the time of Durga Puja and CAB won’t be able to organize the police deployment during festival time. Hence one match has been allocated to Delhi,” a BCCI source added.
INDIA vs AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AFRICA SCHEDULE
T20Is vs Australia
Sep 20: Mohali
Sep 23: Nagpur
Sep 25: Hyderabad
T20Is vs South Africa
Sep 28: Trivandrum
Oct 1: Guwahati
Oct 3: Indore
ODIs vs South Africa
Oct 6: Ranchi
Oct 9: Lucknow
Oct 11: Delhi.
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