NEW DELHI — India’s cricket tour to Australia is closer to being formalized with selectors picking squads for a four-test series and the one-day and Twenty20 limited-overs formats.
The most notable absentees from Virat Kohli’s squads are top-order batsman Rohit Sharma and pace bowler Ishant Sharma, who have been excluded because of injuries sustained during the Indian Premier League.
Cricket Australia has been unable to confirm the match schedule because of protracted negotiations with state governments regarding quarantine regulations and travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the tour is likely to start in late November with the one-day and Twenty20 matches mostly in New South Wales state, where the India squad and Australian players involved in the IPL will quarantine on arrival Down Under.
The first test is likely to be a day-night match at the Adelaide Oval from Dec. 17, followed by the Boxing Day test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground from Dec. 26 and January tests in Sydney and Brisbane.
The players involved in the IPL, which is being staged in bio-secure venues in the United Arab Emirates, are likely to arrive in Australia on a charter flight in mid-November and will be allowed to practice in a secure hub will doing 14 days in quarantine.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India said its medical team would monitor the rehabilitation progress of Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma, and four additional bowlers will travel with the Indian squads as injury cover.
India hasn’t played an international match since losing a test series in New Zealand in February, just weeks before global sports went into lockdown during the coronavirus outbreak.
Tests: Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj.
ODI: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur.
Twenty20: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy.