West Indies in India 2013-14 October 26, 2013

West Indies' tour game shifted to Kolkata


The West Indies' three-day tour game ahead of their two-Test series in India has been shifted from Cuttack to Jadavpur University Complex in Kolkata.

The Odisha Cricket Association is unable to host the match, between the West Indians and Uttar Pradesh from October 31, due to torrential rains over the past week, which also caused the abandonment of India's ODI against Australia on Saturday. The BCCI working committee, meeting in Chennai, finalised the alternative venue.

Even though Mumbai had emerged as a frontrunner for hosting the warm-up game, Kolkata was said to be the best option considering the visiting team's travel plans. This would mean that West Indies, who are scheduled to arrive in Kolkata on October 28, will get an additional day on November 3 - which was originally scheduled to be a travel day - to prepare for the opening Test, which begins at Eden Gardens on November 6.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on October 29, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    I think west indies has a good squad,but I am concerned about our bowling.We need four lightning fast bowlers,we dont need a so-called allrounder.

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    pls organise a match in cuttack for india & west indies for 3rd odi

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    That works out well for the Boyz, they need all the time and practice in the middle they can get. The was a very generous gesture of the BCCI. Someone mentioned about Sammy effecting the balance of the bowling attack, which may be true to some extent, won't make much of a difference in India. Even if we had our strongest available bowling attack from the current crop, they'd be hard pushed to bowl out India twice on their home turf. Hard, dry, dusty pitches that will cause the kokkaburra ball to go soft after 10-15 overs, so unless the frontline bowlers can get reverse-swing or the spinners are able to get something out of it, there could be some long sessions in the field for them. Mind you with all the rain around at the moment, could have a slight effect on the conditions. But instead of depending on the weather, it is vital for the Windies to get runs on the Board and at least give the bowlers the time and breathing space to create some pressure.

  • ruban on October 28, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    squad : vijay,dhawan,pujara,tendulkar,kohli,dhoni*(wk),jadeja,ashwin,bhuvi,zaheer,sami,ishant/umesh,gambir,aprajith/rohit(debutant),raina reason; murali vijay cement his last test series against same ausies 400+ runs with 2 tons . aparajith has scored 3 tons in first class cricket with 2 double ton who can bat @ no.6 may be harbajan will recall record of his recent games.

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    How good of BCCI...a tour game and a game of champions league gets moved due bad weather but an international game gets washed out...Well done BCCI

  • Dummy4 on October 28, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    Please send Sammy home he is affecting the balance of our bowling attack

  • Vishal on October 27, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    India's Test Squad: 1. Shikhar Dhawan, 2. Ajinkya Rahane, 3. Cheteshwar Pujara. 4. Sachin Tendulkar, 5. Virat Kohli, 6. MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7. Ravindra Jadeja, 8. Harbhajan Singh, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Zaheer Khan, 11. Pragyan Ojha

    SUBS: 12. Ravichandran Ashwin, 13. Murali Vijay, 14. Mohammed Shami, 15. Dinesh Karthik

  • Android on October 26, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    bcci must take note of weather conditions before announcing schedule they must have reserve day for playing the wash out games

  • Rohit on October 26, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Dear moderator, tour games are very essential for touring teams. So avoiding wash out is good news and obvious comments like this one are welcome.

  • Steve on October 26, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Good move. Some common sense prevailing now.

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