India’s World Cup success has helped to ensure that their Twenty20 tour match against Leicestershire at Grace Road on August 29 is a sell-out.
Although the match is more than four months away, interest in the fixture has rocketed since India won the World Cup a few weeks ago - and Leicestershire have already put up the ‘Sold Out’ signs.
India will use the Bank Holiday match at Grace Road to prepare for their T20 international against England at Old Trafford two days later.
Meanwhile Leicestershire have given debuts to two triallists in their current first-class friendly against Loughborough MCCU at Grace Road.
Wicketkeeper Paul Dixey has spent pre-season with Leicestershire following his release by Kent at the end of last season while all-rounder Luke Radford – the son of former Worcestershire and England seamer Neal - has arrived at Leicestershire after a spell on Warwickshire’s academy. Radford is making his Leicestershire debut against his former university.
Shiv Thakor, the highly-rated teenage batsman, is also making his first-class debut for Leicestershire in the Loughborough match, and lines up with seamer Sam Cliff, who retired at the end of last season because of persistent injuries but is now back in the county ranks.
Cliff, who is back on trial at Grace Road, impressed in pre-season and is attempting to resurrect his county career.