The BCCI Tours and Fixtures Committee has shortlisted Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad for India’s three-Test series against the West Indies during October and November this year.
The committee has allotted the five ODIs to Kolkata, Visakhapatnam, Cuttack, Dharamsala and Kochi while Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla will be hosting its first ever T20 International.
The exact date-wise match-schedule will be finalised later on the basis of logistics.
As per media reports Ranchi was being dubbed as a possible venue for a Test match but a senior BCCI official said that there was no discussion on the venue.
“Yes, Ranchi has got the ICC nod and BCCI needs to ratify it as a Test centre during a working committee meeting. But above everything, Ranchi needs to come into the rotation policy system which is in work. How could we have allotted Ranchi a match when there are other centres with valid claims of hosting a Test as per rotation policy,” the source told PTI.
Eden Gardens and Dharamsala hosted their last one-dayers in December 2012 (vs Pakistan) and January 2013 (vs England) respectively.
For Kotla, it will be the first T20 International that the ground will host, having staged its first ODI back in 1982.
Ravi Jain, BCCI’s deputy head of media committee and media convenor of DDCA, said that the association is ready to host the match.
“We will leave no stone unturned to make this T20 International a grand success,” Jain said.
The tour will commence with the ODIs from October 8 and the final match had been allotted to Kochi with Guwahati and Kanpur as stand-by venues, BCCI sources said.
The T20 international is scheduled on October 21 followed by a three-day gap before the commencement of three-Test series. The last Test is scheduled from November 15 to 19, the sources said.
Windies will also play two warm-up games on October 3 and 6, before the commencement of the ODI series, they added.
West Indies visited India last year too, during Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell series.
The upcoming visit is as per the previous Future Tours Programme of the International Cricket Council.