Team India got a massive boost on June 23 (Thursday) after the veteran spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin joined the squad, set to take on England in a rescheduled Test match scheduled to be commencing on July 1 (Friday) at Edgbaston in Birmingham. To note, R Ashwin joined the Indian squad ahead of the four-day practice match against County side Leicestershire. The prominent all-rounder had failed to travel to England as he had tested positive for Covid-19.
However, R Ashwin has completed all the necessary protocols before joining the team. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared a few photos on Twitter from the practice session of the team before the start of the warm-up match between India and Leicestershire.
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 23, 2022
India skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss against Leicestershire and opted to bat first. The veteran Indian batter Cheteshwar Pujara, wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant, pacers Jasprit Bumrah, and Prasidh Krishna are playing for Leicestershire. The Indian fans will also want that both Rohit and Virat Kohli score runs on this tour and help their side win.
In a statement regarding the same, Leicestershire said, “LCCC, BCCI, and the ECB have all agreed to allow the four players from the visiting camp to be part of the Running Foxes side, in order to allow all members of the traveling party to participate in the fixture (subject to fitness). The match will be played with 13 players per side to provide further flexibility and help manage bowling workloads.”
It further added, “The match will be played with 13 players per side to provide further flexibility and help manage bowling workloads.”
After the warm-up game, the visitors are slated to play the rescheduled Test match followed by three T20Is and the same number of ODIs from July 7 to 17.