Team India to play record 23 matches at home between September to December

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Team India to play record 23 matches at home between September to December

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SportsCafe Desk

08/01/2017

This year Indian fans will enjoy more and more cricket as team India is set to play a record 23 international matches at home between September and December against Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Also, they will witness two new venues - Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala and Barsapara in Assam.

The Indian cricket team may play against Sri Lanka in a full series at home later this year. They will also host Australia and New Zealand before travelling to South Africa in early 2018.

BCCI’s Tours and Fixtures Committee will take the decision regarding this in Kolkata on Tuesday. According to a BCCI official, Team India will play five ODIs and three T20 Internationals against Australia from September end to mid of October. After that, they will play three ODIs and as many T20Is against New Zealand. The series against the Kiwis will begin late in October and conclude in the first week of November.

“There are 23 International matches at home. Three Tests, 11 ODIs and nine T20 Internationals. Each and every venue in India will be covered. Barsapara in Assam and Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram have got Test status. Both are vying for Test matches. Most of the bigger centres want either a T20 International or ODIs,” a BCCI official told PTI.

Indian cricket team may play home Tests against Sri Lanka in new centres in Kerala and Assam. An official from Kerala Cricket Association confirmed the development. “Since Kochi’s Nehru Stadium, which has traditionally hosted ODIs, will be used for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, we are hoping that Greenfields gets its first Test,” he said.

“Since Kochi’s Nehru Stadium, which has traditionally hosted ODIs, will be used for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, we are hoping that Greenfields gets its first Test,” he said.

Nagpur, which was under suspension after getting demerit points for poor nature of the wicket, may also be on the list to host a Test match. The other regular venues such as Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru or Mohali will get ODIs or T20 Internationals, which is expected to draw a capacity crowd.

There are possibilities that a couple of centres may get more than a match. 

“One can be rest assured that at-least 16-18 venues will be covered during this phase,” the official concluded.

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