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Will Indian Cricket Team’s Schedule for end of 2021-22 Going to Take a Toll on the Players?

As per the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), India’s international home season schedule for 2021-22 will stretch from mid-November 2021 to mid-June 2022 as India get ready for a crowded season.

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A total of four Tests, three ODIs and 14 T20Is will be played during the home season. The visiting teams include New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka and South Africa. The home season will begin on 17 November with a three-match T20I series against New Zealand. This will also be the first T20I assignment for India after the T20 World Cup which will be Virat Kohli’s last as the captain in the shortest format. The T20 World Cup final will be held on 14 November. India will also play a two-Test series against New Zealand starting 29 November.

West Indies will be in India for three ODIs and three T20Is. The ODI series will start on 6 February. The T20I series is scheduled to begin on 15 February.

Sri Lanka will play a two-match Test series from 25 February and a three-match T20I series from 13 March.
From 9 June India will host South Africa for a five-match T20I series.

Scheduling Nightmare

Going by the tentative schedule compiled by the BCCI, India and New Zealand face-off in the first of three T20Is in Jaipur on November 17. In case, even if one of them makes it to the T20 World Cup final, scheduled for November 14, it leaves just 48 hours for the teams to fly in and play at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium. Unlike the last international season, where the BCCI was forced to restrict the number of venues to three because of the second Covid wave, the 2021-22 season will see matches being evenly distributed among state units.

Fitness and Training Sessions

Although the BCCI has gone back to its usual rotation policy, the cramped schedule means there is less breathing space for the Indian team, which will play nine T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs between November and March at home against New Zealand, West Indies and Sri Lanka. With the tour of South Africa beginning in the middle of December, the BCCI has been forced to squeeze in the series against New Zealand. All three T20Is against New Zealand — to be played in Jaipur, Ranchi and Kolkata — have only a day’s gap. This virtually leaves teams with almost no time for training or recovery sessions.

Complete Schedule from Mid-November 2021 – June 2022

India vs New Zealand
1st T20I- November 17, Jaipur
2nd T20I- November 19, Ranchi
3rd T20I- November 21, Kolkata
1st Test- November 25-29, Kanpur
2nd Test- December 03-07, Mumbai

India vs West Indies (2022)
1st ODI- February 06, Ahmedabad
2nd ODI- February 09, Jaipur
3rd ODI- February 12, Kolkata
1st T20I- February 15, Cuttack
2nd T20I- February 18, Vishakhapatnam
3rd T20I- February 20, Trivandrum

India vs Sri Lanka (2022)
1st Test- February 25-01 March, Bengaluru
2nd Test- March 05-09, Mohali
1st T20I- March 13, Mohali
2nd T20I- March 15, Dharamsala
3rd T20I- March 18, Lucknow

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