Mumbai: The Mumbai Cricket Association, which was to host the third and final India-New Zealand Test in November, has backed out of hosting it because of the ongoing renovation work at the Wankhede Stadium.
"The MCA managing committee took the decision yesterday that we won't be in a position to host it at the Wankhede Stadium in November as we would like to play a few fist-class matches (on the newly laid wicket) before the World Cup. We would write a letter to the Board tomorrow," MCA joint secretary Lalchand Rajput told PTI.
"We would ask the BCCI to consider our case for the next series," the former India opener added.
Mumbai was to host the third and last Test between November 20 and 24. The first two Tests are to be held at Ahmedabad (Nov 4-8) and Kanpur (Nov 12-16).
The Kiwis are also scheduled to play five ODIs after the conclusion of the Test rubber. The venues for these matches are Bangalore, Mohali, Chennai, Guwahati and Hyderabad. The schedule of these ties would be decided later by the BCCI based on logistics.