Mumbai gears up for Australia ODIs after terror attacks
International cricket is set to return to Mumbai after the terror attacks in November last year, as the BCCI today announced the venues for India's seven-match ODI series against Australia scheduled for October-November this year. The other matches will be played at Guwahati, Delhi, Mohali, Hyderabad, Nagpur and Jaipur. The tour programme and fixtures committee of the board which met in Mumbai will however, finalise the match schedule after the logistics are worked out.
Guwahati and Delhi missed out on fixtures during India's previous home ODI series, with England opting to return home after the Mumbai terror attacks last November. The two cities were scheduled to host the last two games of the seven-match series but England flew back soon after the fifth match at Cuttack.
However, they returned for the two-Test series that began on December 11. Mumbai was to host the second Test but lost out due to the changed security situation. While Ahmedabad also missed out, Chennai and Mohali were named as replacements.
The panel for the 2009-10 domestic season also decided that the Duleep Trophy would continue to be played on a knockout basis, along with the revival of the inter-state Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 Trophy. The inter-state two-day women's tournament will not feature this year, as only one-dayers and Twenty20 matches have been scheduled in women's cricket. In junior cricket, the CK Nayudu Trophy for Under-22 players and the Cooch Behar Trophy for the U-19s would be played in a two-tier format - elite group and plate group - on a home and away basis.