India to play Derbyshire and Northamptonshire ahead of England series
By SMCS - Apr 9, 2022 5:00 pm
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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), on Friday, has confirmed that Team India will play two T20 warm-up games against Derbyshire and Northamptonshire on their tour of England later this year as well. The first T20I will be an evening fixture, taking place at the Incora County Ground in Derby on July 01. Meanwhile, the second match will be a day game played at the County Ground in Northampton on July 03.

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India dominated over the West Indies

“India will travel to The Incora County Ground to face Derbyshire in a Twenty20 Tour Fixture on Friday, July 1 (7 pm start). The number-one ranked T20 side in the world will continue their ICC Twenty20 World Cup preparations against a Derbyshire side,” Derbyshire announced on its website.

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“Northamptonshire will welcome India to Wantage Road this summer for a one-off T20 tour match,” Northamptonshire added.

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However, both the warm-up matches will be at the same time as India’s rescheduled fifth Test against England, which is expected to take place at Edgbaston from July 1 to 5. The final Test, which was supposed to be played at Old Trafford in Manchester, was postponed over Covid-19 fears and rearranged as well that will take place on India’s limited-overs tour to the United Kingdom this summer.

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Notably, India led the series 2-1 until the fourth Test of the incomplete series last year. However, India will be playing three T20Is and ODIs each in England this year, where the first T20I takes place at Southampton on July 7, before the series moves to Edgbaston and Trent Bridge for the next two games as well. Similarly, the three-match ODI series opener is set to begin on July 12 at The Oval, while the rest two matches will be hosted by Lord’s in London on July 14 and Manchester’s Emirates Old Trafford on July 17 as well.