Indian skipper Virat Kohli is likely to be rested for his team’s historic test match against Afghanistan in Bengaluru later this year.
After a grueling tour of South Africa, Kohli will need to rest and recuperate as he will need to be at his best for the all important 2018-19 season. India will travel to England, Australia and New Zealand in the next year, as they prepare themselves for the World Cup in England.
It will be a historic moment for Afghanistan, as they will be playing test cricket for the first time in their history. “Afghans were scheduled to play their first Test in 2019 versus Australia but considering the historic relationship between India and Afghanistan, we decided to host their first Test,” BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary was quoted by Press Trust India.
Rashid Khan will be the biggest attraction from Afghanistan, as the young leg spinner has already earned himself a sterling reputation in world cricket. While he will be disappointed to not test his mettle against Kohli, he will surely get the chance to play against some of the best batsmen in world cricket.
Next season, team India will play as many as 30 ODIs, 21 T20Is and 12 Test matches up until the IPL season. After the IPL, the 2018-19 season will start.
INDIA’S FULL SCHEDULE :
June 2018: vs Ireland (2 T20I) (Away)
June 2018: vs Afghanistan (1 Test) (Home)
July-September 2018: vs England (5 Tests, 3 ODI, 3 T20I) (Away)
September 2018: Asia Cup (Approx 9 ODIs) (Venue and Date yet to be finalised)
October-November 2018: vs West Indies (2 Tests, 5 ODIs, 3 T20I) (Home)
November-December 2018: vs Australia (4 Tests, 3 ODIs, 3 T20I) (Away)
January-February 2019: vs New Zealand (5 ODIs, 5 T20I) (Away)
February-March 2019: vs Australia (5 ODI, 2 T20I) (Home)
March 2019 : vs Zimbabwe (3 T20I) (Home).