Speaking to Twitter, BCCI wrote: “#TeamIndia wears black armbands to mourn the sad passing of former Indian cricketer Yashpal Sharma ji, who sadly passed away on July 13 after cardiac arrest. chef @RavisShastriOfc was his teammate in the 1983 World Cup winning team. ”
#TeamIndia wears black armbands to mourn the sad passing of former Indian cricketer Yashpal Sharma ji, who was sad… https://t.co/5Yqd3K6FVN
– BCCI (@BCCI) 1626775515000
The Indians won the toss and chose to beat County XI in the three-day warm-up match here in Durham. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane rested for the clash and as a result Rohit Sharma is leading the outfit. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma were also rested for clash, and in their place, Shardul Thakur and Umesh Yadav were called up in the XI.
After the WTC final loss to New Zealand, skipper Kohli had expressed concern about not having enough practice matches, which put BCCI to work with ECB and a three-day warm-up match was been organized.
Last week it was confirmed that goalkeeper-beater Rishabh Pant tested positive for Covid-19 and, therefore, he is not available for this game. Dayanand Garani, a jet specialist and masseur, also tested positive and Wriddhiman Saha was asked to self-isolate as he was a “close contact”. This saw KL Rahul come in as a wicket keeper.
The three-day match is being played behind closed doors, but will be shown on Durham’s YouTube channel.