India news June 18, 2011

Eden Gardens to host three internationals in 2011-12

ESPNcricinfo staff

The BCCI has awarded Kolkata three matches during India's home series against England and West Indies between October and December 2011. Eden Gardens will host a Twenty20 and an ODI against England as well as a Test against West Indies, the board announced after a meeting of its tour, programme and fixtures committee in Mumbai.

The news is a boost for the Cricket Association of Bengal, which was stripped of the marquee India-England fixture during the 2011 World Cup because Eden Gardens was not ready by the stipulated deadline. Kolkata eventually hosted three other World Cup games - Ireland v Holland, South Africa v Ireland and Zimbabwe v Kenya.

England are touring India to play five ODIs and one Twenty20 between October 14 and 29. The other four one-dayers will be played in Mumbai, Mohali, Hyderabad and Delhi. The team will arrive in India on October 4, and play two warm-up matches in Hyderabad prior to the ODI series.

Mumbai and Delhi are the venues for the remaining two Tests against West Indies.