After a fantastic home season, team India went to South Africa firmly believing that they could be the first Indian side to win a test series in the country.
But after losing the first two test matches, the Indian team team came under under huge pressure as many people felt that this side were under prepared before the first test.
India did not play a single practice match before the Cape Town test match, something that was ridiculed by pundits and former cricketers alike.
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There were several BCCI members who also criticized India’s decision to not play at least one warm-up match, as it would have been a great opportunity to get adjusted to the conditions.
The Men in Blue then went on to win both the ODI and T20I series, which many people believed was because the team had got adjusted to the conditions by the then.
After receiving feedback from the players and staff alike, BCCI havedecided that India will play the limited overs format before the test series in every oversees tour from now on.
“Based on the feedback that we have got from the team management we had some serious discussions. What we are not doing is that in the summer India is going to England (and) before the first Test match actually starts, India would be in England for over a month and the team would get acclimatized to the conditions. India will play the shorter format first and them come to Test matches,” he said.
“For the first time you will have day wise and date wise calendar of the Indian team’s programme five years in advance. So you will exactly know over the next five years where you will be, the BCCI CEO signed off