Calcutta: Eden Gardens is set to host the penultimate tie of the five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka on November 13.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced after its working committee meeting in Hyderabad that Cuttack, Hyderabad, Ranchi, Calcutta and Ahmedabad will be the venues for the match ODI series.
“The BCCI wanted us to host the third ODI. But the problem was that the ICC chairman (Narayanswamy Srinivasan) would not have made it to Calcutta during November 7 to 10. It’s the 150-year celebration of Eden Gardens and we want Srinivasan to be here. So we agreed to host the fourth ODI. In all likelihood, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi Memorial lecture will be held on Novermber 12,” a Cricket Association of Bengal official said.
A pleased Jharkhand Cricket Association president Amitabh Choudhary said: “We are delighted... It just confirms Ranchi and the JSCA’s standing as one of the finest ODI hosts in the country.”
Cuttack was scheduled to host the only T20 International against West Indies while Calcutta had been allotted the fifth ODI.
Hyderabad, Bangalore and Ahmedabad were to host the three Tests against West Indies. While two of those Test venues have been accommodated now with an ODI each, Ranchi has been preferred over Bangalore for the remaining slot against Sri Lanka. The BCCI follows separate rotation systems for ODIs and Tests.
Sri Lanka Cricket had agreed to step in after West Indies pulled out of their India tour. The BCCI has also agreed to tour Sri Lanka in July-August 2015. Sri Lanka were scheduled to tour India for Tests next year, but the BCCI has accepted SLC’s proposal of swapping countries for that trip.
“The members appreciated the gesture of Sri Lankan Cricket Board for having accepted our request to play 5 ODIs starting from 2nd of November 2014, at such a short notice. This tour is in lieu of their scheduled tour to India next year which will be reciprocated by India touring Sri Lanka in months of July/August 2015,” secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement.