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Mumbai, Hyderabad swap dates of India vs Windies T20Is

Mumbai Police has expressed inability to provide security on Dec 6 as the city would be on a high alert. The Dec 6 match has therefore been shifted to Hyderabad, with Mumbai getting a match on December 11.

By: PTI | Mumbai |
Updated: November 27, 2019 6:26:32 pm
Wankhede stadium, Mumbai Cricket Association, MCA, Mumbai, Mumbai city News, Indian Express Mumbai Police had expressed inability to provide security for the December 6 match at the Wankhede (Representational Image)

The BCCI has swapped the dates of India’s T20 Internationals against West Indies with Mumbai hosting the third game on December 11 and the December 6 opener going to Hyderabad.

“The 1st Paytm T20I between India and West Indies, which was scheduled to be played in Mumbai on the 6th of December, 2019 has now been shifted to Hyderabad. The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium will now play host to the T20I series opener between the two teams,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Mumbai Police has expressed inability to provide security as the city would be on a high alert on December 6, the anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition and also the “Mahaparinirvan Din” of BR Ambedkar.

On that day, lakhs of Ambedkar followers throng the Chaityabhumi, his memorial in Dadar.

Now with the change, the series opener of the three-match T20 series would be played in Hyderabad, while the last match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium.

Also, last time MCA had hosted an international match was against Sri Lanka, a T20 in December 2017.

Last year, due to administrative issues in the MCA, the BCCI had shifted the ODI against West Indies from Wankhede Stadium in south Mumbai to the nearby picturesque Brabourne Stadium, which is managed by the Cricket Club of India.

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