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Test series to be altered again: Bengaluru in, Mohali out?

Published: Saturday, December 6, 2008, 15:56 [IST]
 
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Punjab Cricket AssociationMumbai: The second Test of the series might be moved out of the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali to the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru?. The venues for the forthcoming Test series between India and England have already had a few alterations made and it appears as if this might be yet another one.

The venue for the first Test - Chennai - has already received the security all-clear from ECB Security Expert Reg Dickason. However ECB officials are still to reach Mohali to asses the security arrangements made there.

Former England fast bowler, Derek Pringle said "Hugh and Sean Morris, managing director of the England team and the team's union boss respectively, flew to Madras. After giving the stadium and the team hotel the once over today, they will inspect the other venue. If that stays as Mohali they will struggle to get back here by Sunday evening, the deadline when players need to make their final decision."

"For that reason, as well as the request for an easy rather than convoluted route home (Mohali has a military airfield that allows just a few commercial flights a day), the final Test could yet end up in Bangalore."

Earlier, Barmy Army, the England team's unofficial fan club, expressed surprise over the fact that the BCCI had selected, and the ECB have accepted, Mohali, which is in close proximity to the Pakistan border, as a venue for the second Test match.

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