The Men in Blue are all set to travel to the United States of America for a two-match T20 series against West Indies later this month, and this will be the first time India will play an international match in the US. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) working committee approved the two T20 matches and stated in its press release that there have been continuous efforts from their side to reach out to new markets and audiences.
According to a report, limited-overs skipper MS Dhoni and pacer Jasprit Bumrah will join the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in America. Barring Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Stuart Binny, Shardul Thakur and Umesh Yadav, the remainder of India's current Test side will fly directly to US after the conclusion of the four Tests.
"As it will be a short tour the Indian team will go with 14 members squad. Dhoni and Bumrah might join the team straight in USA," a source told the newspaper. With a large Indian population in the US, the Indian cricket team is expected to get plenty of support during the two-match series.
The Duleep Trophy, which is expected to be played on August 23 in Noida, is bound to suffer in the process. The BCCI wanted all the big-name players to be part of the tournament, which is to be pink ball as a day-night affair. The Duleep Trophy tournament is likely to be a three-team affair.