Young lions head coach Richard Dawson will guide a County Select XI to play against India at the Emirates Riverside in a three-day match starting on Tuesday, confirmed ECB on Thursday.
Three days practice match will be played behind closed doors & will be a part of India’s warm-up schedule ahead of the five-match test series against England starting from August 4. Warwickshire captain Will Rhodes will head the 14 man squad which also features James Bracey & Nottinghamshire Opener batsman Haseeb Hameed who made his test debut against Indian in 2016.
“The squad was selected after consulting with the first-class counties on player’s availability & to provide some of the high potential talents from across the county match with the opportunity to test themselves against the ICC WTC finalists”, said the ECB in an Official Statement.
The county players will be placed into a team environment & will undergo a COVID-19 test before being cleared to play the practice match. “The ECB would like to place on record its thanks to the first-class counties for their continued support to make players available for this matches & to Durham County Cricket Club for providing facilities for this match to be staged,” said the ECB.
Earlier on Thursday, the reports claiming that the Indian touring contingent’s Rishabh Pant & Dayanand being tested positive for COVID-19 surfaced on the Internet. Rishabh Pant will have to test negative on Sunday to be able to leave the isolation & join the rest of the team players. Meanwhile, the support staff member, Dayanand & his close contact Wriddhiman Saha are under isolation. The Indian team is slated to play a warm-up match from July 20 to 22 against a county Championship team that has been arranged by the ECB after receiving a request from the BCCI to host at least one practice match ahead of the England test series.
Let’s have a look at the County Select XI Squad:
Will Rhodes, Rehan Ahmed, Tom Aspinwall, Ethan Bamber, James Bracey, jack Carson, Zak Chappell, Haseeb Hameed, Lyndon James, Jake Libby, Craig Miles, Liam Patterson-White, James Rew, Rob yates.