Team Director Ravi Shastri, coach Duncan Fletcher and manager Arshad Ayub will join India’s stand-in skipper in New South Wales on Wednesday
Adelaide: Stand-in skipper of the Indian team Virat Kohli will attend the funeral of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes on Wednesday.
He will be joined by team director Ravi Shastri, coach Duncan Fletcher and team manager Arshad Ayub.
Virat Kohli during a practice session in Adelaide on Saturday
Three or four other Indian players are expected to join them and a final decision will be made once the team reaches Brisbane today.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday, December 3, in Hughes’ hometown of Macksville.
Hughes died on Thursday after being hit by a bouncer in a Sheffield Shield game two days prior, sparking an outburst of emotion throughout the country. India’s two-day tour match against Cricket Australia (CA) Invitational XI at Adelaide Oval this past weekend was cancelled as a result.
The team continued to stay over in the city till Sunday holding regular practice sessions in preparation for the Test series.
Melbourne City players observe a minute’s silence in memory of Phillip Hughes during their A-League football match against Wellington Phoenix in Wellington, New Zealand yesterday. PICs/Getty Images
India had earlier practised away from the Adelaide Oval on Friday as a mark of respect, holding a closed net session, wearing black arm-bands.
On Saturday, before practice, Kohli had ‘put out’ one of his bats as well as his India cap outside the Adelaide Oval, paying tribute to the late cricketer.
However, the uncertainty over the first Test continues.
It was learnt on Saturday that CA had first sought a one-day postponement to the Test because their players wouldn’t have been ready to play on Thursday. The Indian team was informed of this and they did not make any changes to its planned departure for Brisbane.
Sydney: The first Test between India and Australia may be shifted from Brisbane to Adelaide, the adopted home town of Phillip Hughes, providing both teams more time to come to terms with the tragic death of the cricketer.
The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that Adelaide, which was scheduled to host the second Test from December 12-16, could be the opening match of the four-match series.
The report further suggested that the Brisbane Test, supposed to take place from December 4, could be accommodated between the Adelaide Test and the Boxing Day Test (December 26-30). Hosting the match is also possible after the Sydney Test (January 3-7), which precedes the ODI tri-series starting January 16.