India's tour of Australia: Selectors likely to pick squad next week

The national selection panel, headed by Sunil Joshi, is set to be asked to pick India’s squad for the series in Australia next week.

The national selection panel is headed by Sunil Joshi.   -  K. Ramesh Babu

The national selection panel, headed by Sunil Joshi, is set to be asked to pick India’s squad for the series in Australia next week after Cricket Australia and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have almost agreed on the itinerary of the tour.

A BCCI official confirmed that after weeks of rounds of discussion, both the Boards have “virtually decided” on starting the series on November 27 with three T20s, followed by three ODIs starting December 4. The four-Test series is likely to begin with the day-night Test on December 17, in Adelaide.

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CA is understood to have sought the details of the whole BCCI entourage, including players, coaching staff, support staff and family members at the earliest. As a result, the national selectors may swing into action any time next week. It is understood that CA has informed the BCCI that the venues for Test matches will be finalised in approximately a fortnight.

With the BCCI postponing the annual general meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the three selectors whose term was supposed to have expired on September 30 are set to be asked to pick the squad for the series. They are Sarandeep Singh, Jatin Paranjape and Devang Gandhi.

Coaching staff to leave via Dubai

The members of India’s touring party, including coaching staff, support staff and Test specialists like Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari, are likely to leave for the United Arab Emirates in the last week of October. While the first batch is scheduled to leave from Dubai on November 4, those whose teams qualify for the Indian Premier League playoffs will leave for Australia on November 11.