BCCI has announced a limited overs schedule where Australia will tour India starting February 24-March 13 2019. This will be followed by the Indian Premier League starting March 23. Australia will play India in a two T20Is and five ODIs. The T20Is will start at 7:00 PM IST, whereas the five ODIs, which will start from 1:00 PM IST. This comes just after India toured Australia for a full-fledged series, also including Tests. This is great for the Indian team as they will get adequate practice as a team ahead of the marquee tournament, the ICC World Cup, which is slated to be held later in the year in England and Wales.
|Australia’s Tour of India|
|24th February||1st T20I||Bengaluru|
|27th February||2nd T20I||Visakhapatnam|
|2nd March||1st ODI||Hyderabad|
|5th March||2nd ODI||Nagpur|
|8th March||3rd ODI||Ranchi|
|10th March||4th ODI||Mohali|
|13th March||5th ODI||Delhi|
Meanwhile, India is in Australia and will play a three-match ODI series after which the team will travel to New Zealand to play a limited overs series.
However, coach Ravi Shastri said he has had talks with the BCCI and the CoA about managing the players and he himself will take the lead in monitoring the players.
“We’ve been in touch with the BCCI and CoA in this regard,” Shastri told The Times of India from Sydney. “We have certain plans in place and we’ll be looking to follow them. Usually, the two months of IPL are seen as relatively free months for me and I can just sit down and enjoy the cricket, watch out for new, young talents that keep emerging. But this IPL will be about monitoring the players, keeping the World Cup in mind.”