Former Australia captain Greg Chappell has claimed that Rahul Dravid, the current head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA), picked "Australian brains", replicated the style in India to turn young cricketers into match-winners. Incidentally, Dravid was the captain for most of Chappell's tenure as Indian coach (2005 to 2007). The Aussie legend resigned from his post after India were dumped out of the 2007 World Cup in the first round.
Veteran New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling has announced that he will retire from all forms of the game after Kiwis’ tour of England next month. New Zealand will play two Tests against England, which will be followed by the World Test Championship (WTC) final to be held from June 18 to 22 in Southampton.
England’s managing director Ashley Giles has made it clear that the players will be expected to give preference to international commitments over a rescheduled IPL 2021 in case of a clash. India are looking for a September window to resume the T20 league. However, nothing has been finalized yet. India are also scheduled to host the T20 World Cup in October. England are due to tour Bangladesh and Pakistan before the mega event.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that the remaining matches of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) cannot be held in India.
Indian cricketers will leave for their long tour of the UK on June 2 after completing the eight-day hard quarantine period in Mumbai. India will first take on New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) final in Southampton from June 18-22, which will be followed by five Test matches against England.