For preparation and match practise, the Indian team will depart for Australia a week before their scheduled departure for the T20 World Cup. The full T20 squad, net bowlers, and standbys will be sent by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) following the team’s third T20 international match against South Africa on October 4 in Indore.
Before leaving for Australia, the Indian squad will play three T20 Internationals at home in a two-week stretch against South Africa and Australia.
The Indian is aware that the team will depart for Australia on October 5 and that, in addition to the two ICC-organized matches against New Zealand (Oct. 17) and Australia, the BCCI is organising at least three warm-up games there (Oct. 18).
After discussing the matter with head coach Rahul Dravid, the board has agreed to give the team’s players more match practise before their World Cup opener against Pakistan in Melbourne on October 23.
In addition to the warm-up games held by the ICC, we are in talks with a few teams about playing games with us. On October 5, Dravid and his support crew will depart for Australia along with the complete T20 World Cup team. A BCCI official said VVS Laxman will be the head coach of the Indian team that will play ODIs here against South Africa, a BCCI official said.
Dhawan is set to captain the Indian ODI team.
In the ODIs against South Africa, second-string Indian squad captain Shikhar Dhawan is most likely to take the helm. The Indian support personnel A team would be requested to assist the Indian senior side for the ODIs.
The Indian team will compete in three one-day international matches on October 6 in Indore, Ranchi, and Delhi. Laxman had previously been asked to lead the Indian senior team. He was on duty for India’s brief visit to Zimbabwe as well as their trip to Ireland and a T20 match against England.