In a bid to expand international cricket and render more exposure, BCCI recently included two off beat venues for the T20 Internationals. As announced by BCCI, for the home tournaments between September and December two more cities are added. The new locations are Thiruvananthapuram and Guwahati, which are set to host international T20 matches. In the mentioned period, India will host 11 ODI matches, 9 T20 Internationals and 3 Test matches. The touring teams are Australia, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka. All tournaments are bi-laterals.
Australia will tour for 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is. The ODIs are scheduled in Chennai, Bengaluru, Nagpur, Indore, and Kolkata. The T20’s will be played in Hyderabad, Ranchi, and Guwahati. The three ODIs against New Zealand will be played in Pune, Mumbai, and Kanpur, while, Delhi, Cuttack, and Rajkot will host the three T20s. The three Test matches against Sri Lanka are in Kolkata, Nagpur, and Delhi. The ODIs are scheduled in Dharamshala, Mohali and Vizag. Thiruvananthapuram, Indore, and Mumbai will host the T20Is.
However, the dates of the tours are not finalized. Per BCCI Secretary Amitabh Choudhary the decision is halted because of the upcoming festivals in the period. He said there are public holidays and local factors will create issues in logistic. Team India will also tour South Africa after the long home season. Most likely, the campaign against Sri Lanka will be scheduled before the South Africa tour. By the time India tour’s South Africa, Sri Lanka will complete its Independence Cup. Still, India will have to make a short tour to Sri Lanka for the tournament.
The Basapara Stadium of Guwahati will debut an International match in the Australia tour. So far, it has been a regular first-class venue. In Thiruvananthapuram, the T20 match will be hosted in the Greenfield Stadium. The BCCI is inspecting the venues and it will be followed by ICC’s inspection.
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