Indian squad to meet in Hyderabad on Jan 20

The Indian team has been told to gather in Hyderabad, the site of the first Test against England, on January 20. The team will have a four-day practice session before the Test, which begins on 25 January at the Uppal Stadium. The series consists of five tests.

When the Indian players arrive in Hyderabad, they will be given nets right away. According to Cricbuzz, Virat Kohli will take a day off following his nets on January 21. He received permission from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to attend the Ram Temple Consecration in Ayodhya.

Ravindra Jadeja has left for the Test series, traveling to the National Cricket Academy (NCA). It has come to light that he canceled every advertising shoot and business obligation to attend the NCA.

After playing Afghanistan in the Twenty20 series, the Indian players and coaching staff will have a two-day holiday. They will head home following Wednesday’s third and final Twenty20 International before getting back together in Hyderabad on January 20. After training in Abu Dhabi for the series, the England team is scheduled to arrive in the city on January 21. 

Back home, the England team’s tardiness has drawn criticism, with Steve Harmison not holding back in his criticism of Ben Stokes and Brandon McCullum’s team management. According to his opinion, the England team might lose the series 5-0.

“They’re going to argue that I’m an old man and that the times have changed. The planning hasn’t altered, though. It is impossible to enter India unprepared or too well-prepared. Even if you were in India six weeks beforehand, you wouldn’t be ready for the nerves and excitement of that first test.

“I adore what the ECB has done, including the new strategy with Ben Stokes, Brendon McCullum, and Rob Key. I apologize, but you won’t attend an Ashes series three days in advance. Three days before the Gabba, you would never travel to Australia. Why travel to Hyderabad three days in advance? We’re playing five Test matches in India, so you need to be ready. You should be getting plenty of overs under your belt, facing balls, and acclimatizing,” the former England pacer said in a recent episode of talkSport’s Following On podcast.

When England last defeated India in India in 2012, the team captained by Alastair Cook came over two weeks ahead of schedule.

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