Oman haven’t played a competitive game since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020
The proposal is understood to have been put forward by Duleep Mendis, Oman’s chief development officer. They are awaiting a response from the Mumbai Cricket Association, who are likely to deliberate the matter at a meeting this week.
Oman haven’t played a competitive game since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. Until now, they’ve had to settle for camps and intra-squad games in the lead-up to their second straight appearance at the T20 World Cup.
“It’s still just on the table, we are awaiting further details and guidelines before we can consider the proposal,” an MCA official told ESPNcricinfo. “It is a good opportunity to play a few pre-season games before the domestic season kicks off.”
If the tour does go ahead, Mumbai, India’s domestic 50-overs champions, will be without their IPL-bound players. Among them are regular captain Shreyas Iyer, stand-in captain Prithvi Shaw, senior players like Aditya Tare, Suryakumar Yadav and Dhawan Kulkarni.
It will be an opportunity, however, for new coach Amol Muzumdar to test their bench strength ahead of India’s domestic season, which kicks off with the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20s in September.
Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo