Owing to the hype around games featuring India, the Asian side play a lot of matches. Thus, they always have a tight schedule. This norm is set to continue as India have a jam-packed schedule ahead of the 20-20 World Cup 2022.
While they are all set to tour England in July, India are apparently going to play a few more series before the T20 WC. According to the recent reports, the BCCI is planning on arranging three more overseas tours between the England tour and the World Cup for the shortest format of the game. During their stay in the UK, the Rohit Sharma-led side are also going to play a T20I against Ireland.
In the meanwhile, India are all set to host Sri Lanka for two Tests and three T20Is, which will take place in February-March 2022. After which, the fifteenth edition of the Indian T20 League shall take place. The two-month-long league is set to end in May.
Post the completion of the Indian T20 league, the men in blue will be hosting South Africa for five T20Is before flying to England. In the land of the Brits, India will be playing a one-off rescheduled Test, three ODIs and as many T20Is on England tour. The reports state that the Asian side will be touring West Indies, Zimbabwe and participate in Asia Cup in UAE as preparation for the 20-20 World Cup as well.
Owing to the schedule, the bio-bubble fatigue is going to be a major issue. Besides, as the sole T20I against Ireland and the one-off Test against England might overlap, the Indian board might just field two different sides at the same time. India had fielded two teams last year as well when the senior team played in England, while a B team participated in the limited overs series against Sri Lanka. Thus, a BCCI official recently drew light on the same.
“The discussions on bio-bubble breaks have already started. Every player has been communicated about the busy itinerary. They have been given time to think about when they would like to take a break. It’s likely a depleted side will travel to Zimbabwe. Ideally, the Asia Cup will be the right tournament to play the first team, in order to get combinations right before the T20 World Cup,” said the BCCI official.