The BCCI is planning to send a jumbo squad to Australia considering all situations. A source from the Indian cricket board told Indian Express about the same in detail.
Large squad for Australia
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is going to pick 32 players for the Indian national cricket team’s tour to Australia starting in November. Indian national cricket team will be playing T20I, ODI, and Test cricket Down Under which is why the committee decided to send players available for all formats. The injury issues are also being concerned while picking the names. Moreover, the COVID-19 threat is still there. Hence the Indian cricket board wants to play safe. The Indian national cricket team will visit Australia to play three T20Is followed by three ODIs, and four Test matches over two months.
“They (selection committee) have been told to pick as large a squad as they want. We want back-up players ready and in Australia right through the tour. If a player gets injured, there shouldn’t be a situation where we have to call for a player from India,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.
No family on tour
Sourav Ganguly, speaking about the same earlier this week told, “Cricket Australia has sent us an itinerary. We will play three T20Is, three ODIs, and four Tests there. The first Test will be a day-night game in Adelaide. The dates haven’t been finalised yet.”
There will be a few practice games arranged for non-IPL players like Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, etc who are set to play the Test matches in Australia. But the games are likely to be organised by the BCCI in UAE itself before the players fly for Australia.
On the tour of Australia, family members will not be allowed to travel with the cricketers. So the family members of cricketers who are currently in the UAE will be headed back to India once the IPL is over.