Just when we all thought that India’s Tour programme for 2007 was crowded, although settled, we hear that India is playing yet another ODI series — against Australia! Right! And that too, in Ireland! So, Ireland and Malaysia are the new Sharjah-like locations for Indian cricket? Here’s a report on this on Cricinfo.
India will play these games in June as a lead up to the tour of England. So, scratch the sentence in yesterdays’ posting on this Blog wherein I wrote, “June appears to be an “off” month [for Team India].” It is not!
So, in the next year or so, India will have played Australia in at least 15 ODIs (and upto a maximum of 19 times)!
- one of these matches will be in the World Cup Super Eight (plus a maximum of one more — either in the semi-final or final),
- three will be in this hastily organised Ireland series,
- seven of these will be in October when Australia visits India
- a minumum of four will be played inthe 2008 Commonwealth Bank series (plus a maximum of three further games if India makes the finals of that series and if the finals series needs all three games to be played)
I don’t know about you, but I suspect that that is at least 15 too many India-Australia ODI games for my liking!