The India ‘A’ side is set to get its first assignment in over eight months with New Zealand and, in all likelihood, Australia touring the country.
The India A program will be “helmed by VVS Laxman and his NCA support staff group of Sairaj Bahutule and Sitanshu Kotak," according to a report in ‘ESPNCricinfo’.
India A was previously in action in November-December last year, when it played three unofficial Tests in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
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The New Zealand ‘A’ side is slated to arrive in India by the end of this month. It will play three four-day games and as many List A matches with all fixtures expected to be held in Bengaluru.
A pink-ball fixture is also being mulled upon by the BCCI, but final approval is pending.
Even in their previous tour in 2017-18, the New Zealand ‘A’ side had played a pink-ball match at Vijayawada, although it was a day game.
The tour of New Zealand is likely to coincide with the Duleep Trophy, scheduled from September 8 to 25.
The BCCI is also in talks with Cricket Australia for a possible tour.
“The BCCI is also understood to be in negotiations with Cricket Australia for a tour towards the end of the year - most likely in November - prior to the start of the Ranji Trophy and India’s next Test assignment, which will be in Bangladesh," the report said.
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