After the conclusion of the IPL 2022 with a bang, the entire focus of the BCCI is now shifted to International Cricket with the much-anticipated IND vs SA 2022 five-match T20I series standing next door. The BCCI has directed the Indian team players to reach New Delhi where the first match of the T20I series against South Africa will be played on June 5. The messages were sent to the players on Monday stating the same. The Indian team will also have a few practice sessions before the first T20I in Delhi starting on June 9.
The BCCI has already announced an 18-member T20I squad for the series with KL Rahul named as Captain & Rishabh Pant as Vice-Captain. The Indian team will play the other four T20I games in Cuttack on June 12, Vizag on June 14, Rajkot on June 17, and finally round off the series in Bangalore on June 19.
A Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) Official has confirmed the Indian team’s assembly on June 5. The Cricket South Africa said that the Temba Bavuma-led touring team featuring Gujarat Titans star batsman David Miller will reach Delhi on Thursday, June 2.
Meanwhile, the Indian test team will leave for England on June 16 while India’s white-ball squad which is also bound to tour Ireland for two T20Is, will depart on June 23-24. Rahul, Pant, and Shreyas Iyer, who are part of the Test and T20 squads, will leave for the UK after the final game on June 19. They will fly directly from Bangalore.
The BCCI has earlier confirmed that the Ireland-bound team will be coached by VVS Laxman & his team of coaches, physios, and trainers of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in the absence of Dravid, who will be with the Test side in England. But it’s still not clear whether Dravid will oversee the complete South Africa Series or leave on June 16 along with the Test players, handing the reins of the T20I team to Laxman. However, Dravid didn’t respond to a query sent from the media.
The five-match T20I series against South Africa will be played from June 9 to June 19 in India.
IND vs SA 2022: T20I Squads
KL Rahul (C), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (vice-captain, wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik.
South Africa squad:
Temba Bavuma (C), Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Rassie van der Dussen and Marco Jansen.
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