Australia in India 2012-13 December 28, 2012

Kanpur loses Australia Test to Hyderabad

ESPNcricinfo staff

The venue of the third Border-Gavaskar Test between India and Australia in March has been shifted to the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad from Green Park, Kanpur.

According to a BCCI statement, the ongoing construction activity at Green Park necessitated the change as it wouldn't have been completed by March 14, the match's scheduled start date. Hyderabad was picked as per the board's rotation policy. This will be the second Test to be played in Hyderabad this season after India played New Zealand at the ground in August.

The decision was expected after Cricket Australia had expressed dissatisfaction over the facilities in Kanpur after a visit to the ground on December 12. "The dressing room is not suitable to accommodate a modern-day entourage of a cricket team. Besides, they were not impressed with the facilities at the only five-star hotel in the town," a source had told ESPNcricinfo.

Green Park, the only Test centre in India not owned by the concerned state cricket association, last hosted a Test in November 2009 when India played Sri Lanka. India have won four and drawn one match out of the five Tests played at the venue since 1996.

Tests schedule
1st Test, Delhi - February 22-26
2nd Test, Mohali - March 2-6
3rd Test, Hyderbad - March 14-18
4th Test, Chennai - March 22-26

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  • Dummy4 on December 28, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    SRT would be named captain for a year with VIRAT being his deputy... he would groom Virat for 2015 WC and by then MSD would extinct from INDIAN cricket... After march we would also see Ganguly as head coach, Dravid sir as batting, Kapil as bowling and robin singh as fielding...

  • Dummy4 on December 28, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    kanpur denied to witness cricket yet again....!

  • Dummy4 on December 28, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Want to see Sachin hit a double ton at Hyderabad location

  • Ritvik on December 28, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Woot woot! Getting to watch what will very likely be one of Sachin's last few tests, more importantly another opportunity to watch him bat (barring injury)..and a strong Aussie team in action! The flamboyant 186 in '99 and the majestic 175 in '09 by the Master in Hyd were just breathtaking to watch. Can't wait to scream myself hoarse cheering the team and especially the legend yet another time.

  • Dummy4 on December 28, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Bihar, UP, Rajasthan etc. etc. These states lack the standard to host an international event.

  • Dummy4 on December 28, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    may srt retire his career in test at chennai:-)

  • krishna tej on December 28, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Hip Hip Hurray!!! Another test match at hyderabad and nice to have another test playing country visiting hyderabad for a test match other than new zealand.

  • krishna tej on December 28, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Hip Hip Hurray!!! Another test match at hyderabad and nice to have another test playing country other new zealand.

  • srinivasan on December 28, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    finally a test match at chennai. I don't know what the rotation policy all about?

  • aman on December 28, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    yes another chance to see sachin bat at hyderabad

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