India’s Ireland-bound squad will enjoy a three-day break to recharge | Cricket News



BENGALURU: BCCI decided to give Indian team T20 bound for Ireland, led by Hardik Pandyaa three-day break before leaving for the two-match series at Malahide.
While Rahul Dravid, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pants will take an early morning flight to London on Monday, BCCI wants its T20 specialists to take a short break.
“All of the players selected for the Ireland T20s are returning home for a three day break. Although there is no bio-bubble, they had no family with them for the series and some are playing non-stop from the IPL.
“It is right that they spend time at home,” a senior BCCI source told PTI on Sunday.
It is understood that all members of the Ireland-bound team will meet in Mumbai on June 23 with NCA VVS Chief Laxman and his team of support staff.
“Laxman and the players will be in Mumbai on the 23rd and they will leave the next day for Dublin. Since they are already coming from a series, you don’t need time to get into the rhythm. Besides, it’s a series two games, so you won’t need a lot of time to acclimatize,” he explained.
The T20I party, having played the two matches at Malahide on June 26 and 28, will travel to the UK for the T20 practice matches, which will coincide with the ‘fifth’ Test squad match of the last year in Edgbaston from July 1st to 5th.
However, it is understood that not all players in the current T20I setup will be retained for the England tour as many regulars will return to the squad.
“By the time England’s white ball streak starts, you’ll see all the stars play through to the T20 World Cup. There won’t be a break from there except smaller streaks like Zimbabwe.
“Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja will all be back in the mix. The only missing person at the moment is KL Rahul. So some of the current best players (playing against South Africa), marginal pacers or an odd spinner could miss,” he said.


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