Mohali, Ahmedabad, Bangalore to host Tests

Published: Thursday, January 20, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Mohali, Ahmedabad and Bangalore would host India's three Test matches against Pakistan next month, the Cricket Board announced today.

BCCI's Programmes and Fixtures Committee, chaired by BCCI Vice President Kamal Morarka, also selected Kochi, Vishakhapatnam, Kanpur, Jamshedpur and Delhi as the venues for the five one-day internationals to be played after the Test series.

"The venues will now have to be cleared by the Indian Government and the dates would be finalised soon," BCCI Secretary S K Nair and Morarka told reporters here today.

Morarka said the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will send their security team to India on January 25 to inspect the venues while the Pakistan cricket team would arrive either on February 24 or 25 for the tour expected to last till April 10 or 11.

Apart from the three Test matches and five one-dayers, the visitors will also play a three-day game at Dharmashala in Himachal Pradesh and a one-day practice game in between the Test series and the one-day series. The venues and dates of the warm-up matches would be finalised later, Nair said.

Others who attended the meeting included Joint Secretary Gautam Dasgupta, Treasurer Jyoti Bajpai, the five zonal representatives - M P Pandove (North/Punjab), Dayanand Narvekar (South/Goa), Vikas Barua (East/Assam), Hitesh Patel, (West/Gujarat), Prakash Dixit (Central/Vidarbha). Special invitee Ratnakar Shetty (Mumbai) also attended the meeting.

Both Morarka and Nair said the committee strictly adhered to the rotation policy of the Board in choosing the venues.

"We now intend to intimate the Home Ministry and Sports Ministry immediately about these venues for their approval since any India-Pakistan series is a special one needing the government's green signal. We expect to get a reply very soon," they said.

Nair said the dates were yet to be finalised as there might be minor changes depending upon the logistics of the teams' travel from one centre to another.

"It will be done in consultation with the Pakistan Cricket Board," Nair said.

"The three-day warm-up match would involve the Board President's XI and the visiting Pakistan team. The modalities of the one-day match would be discussed with the PCB before the dates and venues are finalised," Nair said.

Asked about Delhi, Morarka said Ferozshah Kotla ground's renovation work was in full swing and the Delhi and District Cricket Association were confident of hosting the fifth and final ODI there.

All the ODIs would be day affairs, it has already been decided.

Morarka said the Indian Board was keen that the Pakistan team is accorded the best reception when they visit the country.

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