India’s head coach Ravi Shastri has a made a special request to the Board of Control of Cricket In India to ensure Team India is prepared well for the tour of Australia. Shastri has requested BCCI to arrange for warm-up matches so that Indian team gets accustomized to the playing conditions and is fully prepared ahead of the first Test.
Shastri spoke about the importance of warm-up matches in an interview he gave to an online media portal. Shastri said that he is not against warm-up matches. He pointed out at India’s performances in the past to highlight the importance of warm-up matches.
He said that everyone can see the results. Every time after the second Test the team has improved and we can still get better. And he asked why can’t we be in that position in the first Test match?
The former Indian cricketer revealed that he has already requested the BCCI to arrange a couple of warm-up games in Australian before the Test series.
But at the same time, Shastri made it clear that the team has very little time in hand before the Test series. He said that although he has requested for the warm-up games, he doesn’t know whether there is space or not.
He again pointed out at India’s tour of England. The Indian coach stated that when you have a schedule as tight as this and when you have a memorandum of understanding that has already been formulated, with a choc-a-bloc calendar, there is very little you can do.
India is set to play four Tests, 3 T-20s and 3 ODI’s against Australia. India begins their tour in November with the T20 series while the Test series starts from 6th December. The 3rd T20I is on 11th November which means the team will have less than 4 weeks of space before the Test series.
Shastri said that he is looking for two warm-up games of three days each which in this current scenario is possible but a bit hectic for the players.