India A to battle New Zealand A and possibly Australia A in the coming months: report

16 August,2022 01:39 PM IST |  New Delhi  |  PTI

The India A program will be helmed by VVS Laxman and his NCA support staff group of Sairaj Bahutule and Sitanshu Kotak

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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.

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.

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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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