VVS Laxman will travel with the Indian T20 team to Ireland, BCCI Confirms

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VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman

After days of wait, BCCI’s Secretary Jay Shah confirmed that National Cricket Academy’s head VVS Laxman will travel with the Indian T20 team to Ireland.

VVS Laxman will travel with the Indian T20 team to Ireland

India are set to clash with Ireland in Dublin on June 26 and 28, immediately after the home series against South Africa. Laxman was earlier involved with the Indian U-19 team when they won the 50-over U-19 World Cup this year.

“He will travel with the Indian team to Dublin” said Jay Shah, the BCCI Secretary, confirming that Laxman will take charge of the India T20 side in the absence of Rahul Dravid, who would be with an Indian team in England.

The arrangement is similar to the one last year when Dravid, then head of the NCA, took a white ball side to Sri Lanka when Ravi Shastri was in England with the Test side. The Indian T20 side will leave for Ireland immediately after the completion of the five-match home series against South Africa on June 19.

Laxman worked with Sunrisers Hyderabad as the franchise’s mentor for 9 years. The former cricketer was a part of the backroom staff of the India U-19 team that lifted the trophy earlier this year.
The BCCI hasn’t announced the squad for the Ireland tour. Last week, the selection committee only named the squads for the T20I series against South Africa and the one-off Test match against England.
Captain KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer will be travelling to England after the SA series. Hence, a few players who missed the bus for the home series will be there in the squad for the Ireland tour. India will have a new captain for the Ireland tour.
The two T20Is will be played on June 26 and 28. After the Ireland series, Team India is scheduled to play two warm-up T20s on July 1 and 3. At the same time, the Test team will be in action at Edgbaston.
The one-off Test match will be played from July 1 to 5. The five T20Is of the India-South Africa series will be played on June 9, 12, 14, 17 and 19.

Warmup T20 game tickets sold out

Meanwhile, the Northamptonshire County Cricket Club (NCCC) has said tickets for the county’s warm-up Twenty20 game against India on July 3 have been sold out.

“Northamptonshire County Cricket Club are delighted to welcome the Indian men’s T20 side to The County Ground this summer after hosting the Indian women’s team last year.

“The match is almost sold out already, so we’re looking forward to what will be an incredible atmosphere and some high-quality cricket. The fixture will also be live-streamed so fans from both teams can support from afar,” a spokesman for the county told on Monday (May 23).

The match will be played at the Northampton County Ground (Wantage Road) that has a total capacity of around 6500. Josh Cobb is the captain of the county’s Twenty20 side.

As previously reported, the Indian team will play three warm-up games in their month-long tour of England with a four-day game against Leicestershire from June 24 and two T20 games – vs Derbyshire on July 1 and then on July 3 in Northampton.

India play one Test (from July 1 to 5) and six white-ball games – three T20Is and three ODIs between July 7-17.