India news April 11, 2014

India A to tour Australia in July

ESPNcricinfo staff

India A will play two four-day games against Australia A and a limited-overs quadrangular series on its tour to Australia which begins on July 6, the BCCI has said. The quadrangular series will also feature South Africa A and Cricket Australia's National Performance Squad.

The India A side will begin their tour with the four-day games in Queensland, scheduled to start on July 6 and July 13 respectively. The team will then play two round-robin stages in the quadrangular, scheduled to start on July 20, before the final on August 2.

"This tour is a part of the exchange programme that has been initiated by BCCI along with Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa to provide increased exposure to our upcoming players and an opportunity to familiarise and compete in overseas conditions," Sanjay Patel, the BCCI secretary said.

The tour will be the first major series for India A in 2014. In 2013, the team had toured South Africa in August and, apart from the four-day games, also participated in a tri-series between South Africa A and Australia A. The side that participated in the A tour, which took place soon after India's tour to Zimbabwe, included Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma, among others. India A then hosted New Zealand A and West Indies A for first-class and limited-overs matches in September.