Team India’s Test cricketers Hanuma Vihari and Cheteshwar Pujara along with coaching staff, except head coach Ravi Shastri, are reportedly leaving for Dubai on Sunday (October 25) to join other Indian cricketers to leave for the Australia tour.
According to a report in ESPNCricinfo, Ravi Shastri will land there on Monday while batting coach Vikram Rathour, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar will accompany Vihari and Pujara.
After arriving in the UAE, they will have to follow the six-days quarantine while will be going under COVID-19 tests multiple times. But they will not enter the IPL bio-bubble.
Reportedly, up to 32 players will travel to Australia to play three-match ODI and T20I series followed by Test series.
“It is understood that the selectors did not want to finalise the squads without a final approval from the BCCI to the CA schedule,” the report stated.
“The selectors, though, are understood to have already had informal discussions and are expected to meet early next week to finalize the three squads,” it added.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari are not playing in the IPL 2020:
Among the Team India players, only Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari are the ones who are not featuring in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
It has also been speculated that all the players will leave for Australia either on the 11th or 12th of November. They will land in Sydney and will be allowed to practice during the quarantine period.
Although the schedule of the tour has still not been finalised, there are reports being going on in Australian media that the ODI series will begin on November 29 in Sydney.
The four-match Test series will begin with the day-night Test match and will be played from December 18.