West Indies in India 2013-14 October 25, 2013

West Indies tour game set to be shifted from Cuttack

Incessant rains are likely to deal a double-blow to cricket fans in Cuttack: the fifth ODI between India and Australia is set to be washed out, and now the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) is likely to lose out on hosting West Indies' three-day tour game, starting from October 31.

It is understood that OCA secretary Asirbad Behera and president Ranjib Biswal have already communicated their association's inability to host West Indies' match against Uttar Pradesh to the BCCI officials, ahead of the two-Test series beginning in Kolkata on November 6. While accepting the OCA's request since "the outfield won't be ready in time for the game", the BCCI has zeroed in on Mumbai as the venue for the warm-up tie.

Though the Mumbai Cricket Association hasn't been formally informed about the change in venue, the decision will be finalised during the BCCI working committee meeting in Chennai on Saturday. Both the MCA vice-presidents Ravi Savant and Vijay Patil will attend the working committee meet, with Savant showing up as the BCCI vice-president, while Patil as the MCA representative.

Despite the Wankhede Stadium being unable to stage the game less than two weeks prior to the start of the Test match, three more venues in Mumbai can stage the warm-up match. It would be interesting to see if the match is allotted to Cricket Club of India's Brabourne Stadium or the Dr DY Patil Sports Stadium on the outskirts of the city, with MCA's facility at Bandra-Kurla Complex also being in contention. CCI was promised an allotment of matches by BCCI president N Srinivasan during the AGM in September, while Patil, the architect of DY Patil stadium, has been pushing for hosting more games in Navi Mumbai.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • mohan24111973 on October 26, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    @TheShawshankRedemption, According to what I know BCCI owns the stadiums by paying nominal rent so they can hold matches and moreover even if BCCI agrees to build indoor cricket stadiums and start playing matches, if a touring team says we wont play in indoor stadiums and asks BCCI to play in outdoor even if touring teams agree and ICC doesn't agree and one more thing cricket is outdoor sport not an indoor sport

  • dummy4fb on October 26, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    indoor stadium for cricket.......!!!!!!!!! :) nice thougt

  • mohan24111973 on October 26, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    @TheShawshankRedemption, According to what I know BCCI owns the stadiums by paying nominal rent so they can hold matches and moreover even if BCCI agrees to build indoor cricket stadiums and start playing matches, if a touring team says we wont play in indoor stadiums and asks BCCI to play in outdoor even if touring teams agree and ICC doesn't agree and one more thing cricket is outdoor sport not an indoor sport

  • TheShawshankRedemption on October 26, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    I agree we cannot have word against Mother nature's will. Is this high time we start building indoor stadiums for cricket? Wealthy board like BCCI can definetly have at least one in their country. I mean is it is affordable for BCCI.

    With certain points in mind: 1) We build it in middle of India so that if rain in Chennai or Mumbai or Assam we can have a game to reduce travel time 2) Essential material logistic movements for broadcast is possible within 24 hours 3) Concerned stadium is in BCCI's arm than state board's chair call 4) Flight connectivity for players and match officials

    Why indoor stadium because even multiple super sopers will not work in these kind of conditions. Since building an indoor cricket stadium is costly we could have just 1 in India.

  • dummy4fb on October 26, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    As far as kochi is concerned. No first class match should be played on that flat pitch. Rain or no rain

  • android_user on October 26, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    Has the rain stopped for now? Is there any possibility of starting the game if rain stops by 9:30 AM local time?

  • anupkeni on October 26, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    BCCI should now also shift the first India-West Indies ODI scheduled on November 21 out of Kochi specially after the Duleep Trophy fiasco.

  • class9ryan on October 26, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    The Phailin cyclone has dramatically changed weather conditions in Odisha. The Cricket Association will be under some serious loss this year. Hope they have a better luck next time around.

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