The likes of Priyank Panchal, Rishabh Pant will get an opportunity to prove their mettle as India A under Rahul Dravid’s guidance is all set to tour South Africa during June, next year.
The tour is expected to happen at the same time when the senior side will be in England for the ICC Champions Trophy. As a part of BCCI’s policy of having more A tours in challenging conditions, the second batch of India hopefuls will be put to test in conditions where there will be more pace and bounce.
“Yes, India A’s tour of South Africa in the month of June, next year has been finalised. This is a part of BCCI promoting more A tours to get the talented India aspirants battle ready. The conditions there will test the quality of batsmanship,” a senior BCCI official said.
The tour will have multiple four-day matches as well as List A (50-over matches) keeping in mind that from 2017, the preparation towards the 2019 World Cup commences. The last time when India A toured South Africa was 2013 with the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha all being a part of that set-up.
When India played their last time, the two four day games were played at Rustenberg and Pretoria while the tri-series was entirely played in Pretoria. The ‘Test’ series was drawn 1-1 while List A tri-series was won by India. The current tour has been scheduled after the 10th edition of Indian Premier League where all the top players are expected to play.
“The A tours give ideal opportunity to the performers in domestic cricket to showcase their talent. Look at the likes of Priyank Panchal and Rishabh Pant. The selectors will get a chance to test if they are ready for the next level or not,” a top BCCI source said.