Indian cricket team to play record 23 matches at home between September-December

The season starts with 5 ODIs against Australia slated to be played at Chennai, Bangalore, Nagpur, Indore and Kolkata.

Another hectic and equally challenging home season lies ahead of Virat Kohli and Company as Team India will be playing a record 23 international matches in between September and December, this year.

According to a BCCI office-bearer, Indian cricket team will play five ODIs and three T20 Internationals against Australia from September end to mid of October.

First, Australia will tour India for five one-dayers and three T20Is between September 17 to October 11, provided a resolution in the ongoing pay dispute that has engulfed Australian cricket over the last month, is resolved. The ODIs are slated to be held in Chennai, Bengaluru, Nagpur, Indore and Kolkata while the T20Is will be played in Hyderabad, Ranchi and Guwahati.

The series will be followed by three ODIs and as many T20Is against New Zealand. The series against the Black Caps Kiwis will begin late in October and conclude in the first week of November.

Amitabh Choudhary, BCCI acting secretary, said the dates for the three tours had not been finalised yet. “The dates of the matches have deliberately not been frozen today because the logistics must factor in local factors such as festivals because, as you know, Durga Puja being what it is in the whole of eastern India and not only in West Bengal and other public holidays and logistics of distance,” Choudhary said in Kolkata after the committee’s meeting.

The home season will end in December with three Tests, three ODIs and three T20 Internationals against Sri Lanka. After that, Virat Kohli and his men fly down to South Africa.

Sri Lanka’s series to India was initially scheduled for February in 2018 but was brought forward following the island nation’s invite to play in the Independence Cup in March next year. India are already in Sri Lanka at the moment where they will play three Tests, five ODIs and a T20I.

“The Sri Lanka tour to India has been brought forward from February next year because we are hosting the tri-nation Independence Cup during that period,” said Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva on Saturday (July 29). “Sri Lanka was due to tour India from February end to the first week of April next year and the dates would have clashed with the Independence Cup. That’s why we requested the Indian board for a change to bring the tour forward and they have agreed.”

Two new venues, Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala and Barsapara in Assam are in contention to host Test matches during the home series against Sri Lanka.

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.

A Kerala Cricket Association official confirmed the development.

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

Nagpur, which was under suspension may also be in contention to host a Test match.

The traditional centres such as Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru or Mohali will get ODIs or T20 Internationals, which draw capacity crowd.

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

“One can be rest assured that atleast 16–18 venues will be covered during this phase,” he concluded.

Itinerary:

Australia tour of India 2017: September 17 — October 11

ODIs: Chennai, Bengaluru, Nagpur, Indore and Kolkata

T20Is: Hyderabad, Ranchi, Guwahati

New Zealand tour of India 2017: October 22 — November 7

ODIs: Pune, Mumbai, Kanpur

T20Is: Delhi, Cuttack, Rajkot

Sri Lanka tour of India 2017: November 15 — December 24

Tests: Delhi, Kolkata, and Nagpur.

ODIs: Dharamsala, Mohali, Vizag

T20Is: Kochi/Thiruvanantpuram, Indore, Mumbai.

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