The Indian cricket team will play a record 23 international matches at home between September and December after the ongoing Sri Lankan tour. The news was confirmed by a BCCI office-bearer to PTI who can’t be officially quoted and the final decision is likely to be taken by BCCI’s Tours and Fixtures Committee in Kolkata today. The news agency also reported that two new venues Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala and Barsapara in Assam are in contention to host Test matches during the home series against Sri Lanka.
India is set to play five ODIs and three T20 Internationals against Australia from September end to mid of October which will be followed by three ODIs and as many T20Is against New Zealand. The series against the Black Caps Kiwis will begin late in October and conclude in the first week of November. India’s home season will get over in December with three Tests, three ODIs and three T20 Internationals against Sri Lanka.
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“There are a whopping 23 International matches at home. Three Tests, 11 ODIs and nine T20 Internationals. Each and every venue in India will be covered. Barsapara in Assam and Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram have got Test status. Both are vying for Test matches. Most of the bigger centres want either a T20 International or ODIs,” a BCCI official told PTI. The development was also confirmed by a Kerala Cricket Association official.
“Since Kochi’s Nehru Stadium, which has traditionally hosted ODIs, will be used for he Fifa U-17 World Cup, we are hoping that Greenfields gets its first Test,” he said. Nagpur, which was under suspension may also be in contention to host a Test match. There are possibilities that a couple of centres may get more than a match. “One can be rest assured that atleast 16-18 venues will be covered during this phase,” he concluded.