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Pujara, Hanuma, coaching staff to join others in UAE ahead of cricket on tour to Australia

Along with the support staff of the Indian team for the company, Test specialists Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari are leaving for Dubai on Sunday to join the rest of the team for the tour of Australia.

According to an ESPNcricinfo report, head coach Ravi Shastri is expected to join others on Monday.

Apart from Pujara and Vihari, batting coach Vikram Rathore, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar will travel with both of them before the tour of Australia.

Upon arriving in the United Arab Emirates, the group will have to follow the same standard operating procedures imposed by the BCCI for the IPL, including six-day quarantines in Dubai and COVID-19 trials at regular intervals.

However, the group will not be part of the IPL bio-bubble and will remain separate.

Sydney and Canberra are set to host the white-ball leg of the Australia tour to India after the New South Wales government allowed the visiting team to train during their mandatory quarantine.

India have to play three T20s, three ODIs and four Tests in Australia.

The team is yet to be announced for the tour by the Indian selectors.

The report states that it is understood that the selectors did not want to finalize the squads without final approval for the CA schedule from the BCCI.

However, the selectors are understood to have already had informal discussions and are expected to finalize the three squads early next week.

Pujara and Vihari are the only two first Test specialists not participating in the ongoing Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates. The pair will join the rest of the Indian players selected to travel to Australia.

India will be traveling in Australia with a jumbo squad consisting of 30 members from all formats, considering that the series will be played in a bio-bubble amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

The IPL ended on 10 November. The Indian team was to land in Brisbane first, but Queensland state health officials did not relax the 14-day quarantine rule to train Virat Kohli and co during that period.

Cricket Australia is expected to announce the full schedule once it is approved by the BCCI.


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