The Indian Cricket Team will be traveling to Australia with a squad of 32 players.
Virat Kohli will be leading India in their first international assignment during the pandemic.
The selectors are looking to play it safe by picking a large squad as the players will be in a bio-bubble throughout the tour.
A bigger squad allows easy replacement of players in case of injury as a new player flying in would have to quarantine before joining the bubble.
Quarantine would be an issue for the new player as he would not be available immediately, depriving them of suitable replacements.
A big squad further allows the side to play practice games among themselves, scheduled for mid-December.
The total number of players and support staff traveling with the Indian team is likely to cross fifty members.
Unlike the IPL, the BCCI has not allowed the Indian team to travel with their families.
The selection committee is said to be informed to pick as large a squad as possible so that there would be backups in case of injury.
The Indian team is scheduled to play three T20s, three One-day internationals, and four Test matches.
The first test is likely to be a day-night affair in Adelaide.
The board is also looking to arrange practice games for Indian players who aren’t a part of the IPL, like Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari.
A short camp is being planned in Dubai before the Indian team flies to Australia for a long tour.