The Indian cricket team opening batter and Punjab Kings (PBKS) skipper KL Rahul is all set to be appointed as the captain of the national side for the upcoming Twenty20 International (T20I) matches against New Zealand.
According to a recent report in ANI, most of the senior members are likely to be rested after the ongoing 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE. Hence, Rahul is the front runner to lead the side against the Blackcaps.
“The seniors would need a breather and it is no secret that Rahul is an integral part of the team’s T20 structure. He is almost certain to lead,” the source said while speaking to the national news agency.
Fans to comeback in stands in IND-NZ series
The Indian team has played most of their matches behind closed doors ever since the COVID-19 outbreak occurred in March 2020. However, as per a delightful update for the Indian fans, India vs New Zealand series is likely to place with in-stand fans but in a limited capacity.
“Yes, we will have fans coming in, but it won’t be full capacity. We will work closely with the local authorities and plan the way forward,” a BCCI official said.
India and New Zealand are scheduled to play three 20-over games and a couple of Test matches from November 17 onwards. Here’s the full schedule of the series:
- Match 1 – Nov 17 at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
- Match 2 – Nov 19 at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
- Match 3 – Nov 21 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata
- Match 1 – Nov 25 to Nov 29 at Green Park, Kanpur
- Match 2 – Dec 3 to Dec 7 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai