Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has scheduled a limited-overs series against the West Indies next month in view of the big auction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on February 12 and 13. Has changed The third ODI has been postponed by one day. The board has also confirmed that all these matches will be played on only two grounds.
The BCCI had earlier wanted to reduce the number of host cities to six in view of the growing number of corona cases in the country. The BCCI said the decision was made to reduce Corona’s threat to teams, match officials, broadcasters and other staff during the trip.
The tour will now begin with a three-match ODI series to be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The matches will now take place on February 6, 9 and 11. After that the teams will go to Kolkata. The first T20 International match will now be played on February 16 instead of February 15. After that, the remaining two T20 matches are scheduled to be played on the 18th and 20th.
The BCCI had discussed the decision and had spoken to members of Cricket West Indies before the formal announcement. Announcing the Indian team’s home schedule for 2021-22 in September last year, The CI had included Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Kolkata in the list. Hosted ODI. The T20 International series was to be played on February 15, 18 and 20 in Cuttack, Visakhapatnam and Tarunanthapuram.
In addition to avoiding a clash with the IPL auction, the change in schedule is a precautionary measure taken by the BCCI in view of the third wave of epidemics in the country. Although the effect of the Omicron is less than that of the previous Delta variant, it is spreading rapidly among the people, which has led to strict restrictions on public activities in major cities.
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