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Key players to miss the one-off Test match against Afghanistan: BCCI

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XtraTime Web Desk: As the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) and Committee of Administrators (CoA) is giving their most priority to India’s tour of England this season, there is a high possibility that some of the key test cricketers will miss the historic one-off Test match against Afghanistan.

A few Indian cricketers have already signed to take part in the English county championship and on the other hand a few cricketers will go to England for India A tour and for that reason they will not be a part of the Test match against Afghanistan. In their place the second-string team made from India A setup and the top performers from last Ranji season will play in this occasion.

A board official was quoted saying that, “Test specialists are set to travel to UK for early acclimatization. Everyone has hailed it as good planning on part of the CoA. Isn't it more important for India to prepare for the Test in England than fielding the maximum firepower against Afghanistan?”

“There is clear understanding that those playing in the County Championship should stay back in England, while another batch of three to four regular Test cricketers could go with India A team under Rahul Dravid to get used to the conditions there. The focus is on ensuring that all the regular Test batsmen get good practice in England before the Test series begins,”.

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