New Zealand tour of India 2010

Hyderabad ready to host New Zealand Test

Sharda Ugra

September 14, 2010

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Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
The Uppal Stadium was conferred Test status in June this year © ESPNcricinfo Ltd
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Kanpur may not be ready and Kolkata unwilling, but Hyderabad has thrown its hat into the ring as a possible venue for the second Test between India and New Zealand from November 12 to 16. The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, on the eastern outskirts of Hyderabad, has staged three ODIs since 2005 and was conferred Test status by the BCCI and the ICC in June this year.

Kanpur was scheduled to host the second Test between India and New Zealand but threw up its hands saying that its 10,000-seater 'students' stand' was incomplete. Kolkata then cited renovation of the Eden Gardens for next year's World Cup as the reason for its inability to hold the Test. Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) president, Arshad Ayub, told ESPNcricinfo, "Hyderabad would certainly and absolutely be ready to stage the India-New Zealand Test. We haven't been contacted, but I believe the BCCI may be considering it".

Ayub said Hyderabad was "already in the line" to host a Test as it wrote to the BCCI asking to be allotted one, depending on, "the rotation of the Test match grounds or whose turn it was." The Rajiv Gandhi Stadium will stage an India v New Zealand ODI on December 4, but the prospect of hosting two international matches within the space of three weeks was, Ayub said, "not a problem at all". The HCA has not been formally spoken to by the BCCI about the Test against New Zealand, "but we are ready and able".

The two confirmed venues for the India-New Zealand Test series are Ahmedabad (November 4 to 8) and Nagpur (November 20 to 24). The series has been dogged by scheduling issues starting in July when the Mumbai Cricket Association backed out of staging the third Test, due to the renovation of the Wankhede Stadium for the World Cup in July, followed by Kanpur's constructions problems earlier this week.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at Cricinfo

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Posted by   on (September 17, 2010, 15:29 GMT)

it will be great to see vvs laxam playing test match at his home ground

Posted by   on (September 15, 2010, 15:02 GMT)

@Giri Babu Yes in Hyderabad Home team has never Won a Single Match but once we see a Test Match played here it can turn the Uppal fate and see Home Team Winning

Posted by giribabu on (September 15, 2010, 8:42 GMT)

no hyd plzz..... Hyd is not good for home teams.. I cant imagine losing against New Zealand but still I dont like Hyd to host test match though I am from Hyd. Remember not a single match won by home team here.. not a single ranji or ipl or odi match..

Posted by   on (September 15, 2010, 4:56 GMT)

THIS IS INDIAS BEST MODERN WELL EQUIPED STADIUM FAR BETTER THAN CHENNAI KOLKATTA BUT ALWAYS DEPRIVED SOME HOW

Posted by   on (September 14, 2010, 22:56 GMT)

Hyderabad can host test match. the chennai can host one day. sardji, what an idea!

Posted by   on (September 14, 2010, 22:37 GMT)

i think BCCI will be worried about the thelangana protests .. otherwise this would be the best modern stadium..

Posted by M0NARCH on (September 14, 2010, 21:49 GMT)

The old LB Stadium is a dud but the new one in Uppal is a state of the art stadium. Test matches should be played at these newer stadiums instead of dust bowls like Chennai, Kanpur, Baroda or Mumbai. Go Hyderabad !!!

Posted by   on (September 14, 2010, 16:25 GMT)

Hyd has produced best matches for ever even last odi vs aus was a thriller i hope HYD gets the test asap

Posted by sanjaycrickfan on (September 14, 2010, 15:32 GMT)

BCCI should certainly consider this as Hyderabad cricket fans were deprived of IPL last year as all the matches were shifted to other cities. Also none of the WC 2011 matches are scheduled in Hyderabad. Despite having a pretty good stadium, India seldom plays here. So a test match will be a great opportunity for cricket fans in Hyd to watch their favorite stars in action.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2010, 14:37 GMT)

FIRST WE HYDERABADIS THANK GOD IF THIS IS POSSIBLE TO SEE A TEST MATCH PLAY IN OUR HYDERABAD GROUND IT IS REALLY AMAZING

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