Virat Kohli and his team will travel to England directly from Ireland | Getty Images
Virat Kohli and his team will travel to England directly from Ireland | Getty Images

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed on Thursday (21 June) that Virat Kohli and his brigade will fly for Ireland on 23 June (Saturday), which will mark the beginning of Team India’s full-fledged and grueling schedule against Ireland and England.

In a press release, the BCCI has confirmed that Indian team will depart for Ireland four days prior to the start of the two-match T20 International series to be played on June 27 and June 29 respectively at The Village in Dublin.

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Following the T20Is in Ireland, the Men in Blue will directly travel to England for a full-fledged series comprising with three T20Is, three One Day Internationals and five Tests in July.

Kohli and his team’s UK journey will get underway with T20Is with the first to be played on 3 July at Old Trafford in Manchester followed by second and the final on 6 and 8 July at Cardiff and Bristol respectively. Then, they will engage in three ODIs, starting from 12 July at Nottingham followed by second and final on 14 and 17 July at the Lord’s and Headingley respectively.

Meanwhile, England are fresh from the thumping series win over Australia in the ongoing ODI series while India hasn’t played any white-ball cricket since the IPL. The series against Ireland will be the perfect dress rehearsal for India ahead of the England series.

On the other hand, Indian Team’s real test will begin with the Test series, starting from 1 August in Birmingham. With a sorry record in their previous tour to the country Virat Kohli will try to make amends when he plays  against them this time.

Here is Indian squad for Ireland T20Is:

Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Siddarth Kaul and Umesh Yadav

By Rashmi Nanda