India news June 18, 2011

Eden Gardens to host three internationals in 2011-12

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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.

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  • Prathyushs88 on June 21, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    I don't know which cricket tournament you're talking about. India is right now on tour to WI and after that India will be touring England this year. So which series are you talking about???? Please make it clear. I've checked the fixture of India, and I use to check fixtures of all the countries and news but neither did I see any tour to India in the fixture nor did I heard of.

  • on June 20, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    In hyderabad test matches too get response but the venue is not selected by the BCCI as the premier venue for the test . After 14 years hyderabad got the chance to host the test match between India and Newzealand.

  • on June 20, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Does anyone have the dates for the games? I would like to book my flights! India v England is always a great game....

  • on June 20, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    Any idea on exact dates for each game? I would like to book my flight. Can't wait to see England in India again....

  • on June 19, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Totally Agreed. We should preserve the Australian format for Test Cricket. Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Delhi. Give Test Cricket to venues that care! Please..

  • on June 19, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Test Cricket should be played at premier venues like they do in England.. So it should be in Kolkata, Mumbai, B'lore, Chennai , Delhi .. I remember one of ma frens went to see Ganguly's last test in Nagpur.. there was hardly ne crowd..no one even stood up to applaud ganguly aftr he played his last innings.. Even for the Nagpur test against South Africa, the turnout was pathetic...Give matches to venues like Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, b'lore which understand TEST CRICKET.. Some1 did say that Mumbai pitch is poor n the crowds wont come.. I would jus like to tell that in Mumbai, the NZ - Can match had best turnout in a minnows game ( 11.5k, plus a day game ) and NZ- SL in a non india match (23.5K) was the biggest turnout in India in a Non India game in world cup matches ! Speaks a lot about the number of people who respect International Cricket and turn up for the same :)

  • on June 19, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    Happy that my Mumbai is finally back to hosting international cricket after a real long wait! :D You may argue all that you can, but the fact remains that Mumbai is and always be the Mecca of Indian Cricket!

  • Nagpur-nationalist on June 19, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    It is time to spread Test cricket to NEW CENTRES instead of keeping it on same venues. Cities like Jamshedpur, Rajkot, Guwahati, Pune, Rajkot, Vadodara etc which see MASSIVE CROWDS FOR ONE DAY CRICKET MUST BE IMMEDIATELY USED AS TEST CENTRES. That is because, people there get a chance to watch a game once in 3 years or so, so there is great enthusiasm. There should be CHEAP TICKETS, no forcing people to buy for all 5 days or none (as is the case in Nagpur), BUSES ARRANGED TO THE STADIUM if it is too far away, as in Nagpur. Let us try,let us give these new centres a chance. This doesnt mean that established grounds like Kolkata and Chennai should not be used. They too should be used, but its essential to spread Test cricket to cricket-starved hungry cities.

  • on June 19, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    It's grt nwzz for kolkatans..... during the ipl where most of the stadium of india had a very poor crowd,kolkata had an avg. of 60,000 attendance,quite awesome... they were denied the wc game of india unfairly and made to host 3 ridiculous matches...... it's an endeavor by board to give eden a fair chance as eden hosted some of india's greatest matches of all time.... :)

  • maninthewoods on June 18, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    Ridiculously ridiculous..... Why is Mohali getting a game, even though the crowd is poor... Then, why is Kolkata getting three games in a season even though there are umpteen number of grounds in India... And then why is Mumbai and Delhi getting a one day and a test.... Some people (which I am not mentioning) are playing a great influencing role here...

  • Prathyushs88 on June 21, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    I don't know which cricket tournament you're talking about. India is right now on tour to WI and after that India will be touring England this year. So which series are you talking about???? Please make it clear. I've checked the fixture of India, and I use to check fixtures of all the countries and news but neither did I see any tour to India in the fixture nor did I heard of.

  • on June 20, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    In hyderabad test matches too get response but the venue is not selected by the BCCI as the premier venue for the test . After 14 years hyderabad got the chance to host the test match between India and Newzealand.

  • on June 20, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    Does anyone have the dates for the games? I would like to book my flights! India v England is always a great game....

  • on June 20, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    Any idea on exact dates for each game? I would like to book my flight. Can't wait to see England in India again....

  • on June 19, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Totally Agreed. We should preserve the Australian format for Test Cricket. Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Delhi. Give Test Cricket to venues that care! Please..

  • on June 19, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Test Cricket should be played at premier venues like they do in England.. So it should be in Kolkata, Mumbai, B'lore, Chennai , Delhi .. I remember one of ma frens went to see Ganguly's last test in Nagpur.. there was hardly ne crowd..no one even stood up to applaud ganguly aftr he played his last innings.. Even for the Nagpur test against South Africa, the turnout was pathetic...Give matches to venues like Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, b'lore which understand TEST CRICKET.. Some1 did say that Mumbai pitch is poor n the crowds wont come.. I would jus like to tell that in Mumbai, the NZ - Can match had best turnout in a minnows game ( 11.5k, plus a day game ) and NZ- SL in a non india match (23.5K) was the biggest turnout in India in a Non India game in world cup matches ! Speaks a lot about the number of people who respect International Cricket and turn up for the same :)

  • on June 19, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    Happy that my Mumbai is finally back to hosting international cricket after a real long wait! :D You may argue all that you can, but the fact remains that Mumbai is and always be the Mecca of Indian Cricket!

  • Nagpur-nationalist on June 19, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    It is time to spread Test cricket to NEW CENTRES instead of keeping it on same venues. Cities like Jamshedpur, Rajkot, Guwahati, Pune, Rajkot, Vadodara etc which see MASSIVE CROWDS FOR ONE DAY CRICKET MUST BE IMMEDIATELY USED AS TEST CENTRES. That is because, people there get a chance to watch a game once in 3 years or so, so there is great enthusiasm. There should be CHEAP TICKETS, no forcing people to buy for all 5 days or none (as is the case in Nagpur), BUSES ARRANGED TO THE STADIUM if it is too far away, as in Nagpur. Let us try,let us give these new centres a chance. This doesnt mean that established grounds like Kolkata and Chennai should not be used. They too should be used, but its essential to spread Test cricket to cricket-starved hungry cities.

  • on June 19, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    It's grt nwzz for kolkatans..... during the ipl where most of the stadium of india had a very poor crowd,kolkata had an avg. of 60,000 attendance,quite awesome... they were denied the wc game of india unfairly and made to host 3 ridiculous matches...... it's an endeavor by board to give eden a fair chance as eden hosted some of india's greatest matches of all time.... :)

  • maninthewoods on June 18, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    Ridiculously ridiculous..... Why is Mohali getting a game, even though the crowd is poor... Then, why is Kolkata getting three games in a season even though there are umpteen number of grounds in India... And then why is Mumbai and Delhi getting a one day and a test.... Some people (which I am not mentioning) are playing a great influencing role here...

  • Prabhu.J on June 18, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    No Chennai? no test for chennai for last 2 years. this is bad.

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on June 18, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    nagpur ahmedabad mohali hidrabad vishkapattnam are missing

  • on June 18, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    I agree with vivek. Test cricket draws crowd oly in select cities like Bangalore and Chennai. Delhi, Mohali, Hyderabad, etc get crowds oly for t20s and odis. This fact is accepted my our captain Dhoni who asked the Bcci to schedule test matches in Bang and chennai where the pitches are sporting and there is great support. And prakhs, chennai has not had any international matches regularly. There was one odi in the WC and one in the NZ series. The last time test cricket was played was back in 2008 dec when Sachin and yuvi chased down 387 in an epic test match aft the mumbai attacks. And lets face it Chennai has the highest percentage of results and wit very thrilling ones at tat. Delhi and mumbai produce tame batsman friendly wickets which can oly produce draws! How ll the crowd come then?

  • on June 18, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    mohali is prefered than banglore because mohali has best cricket pitch in india

  • kimian on June 18, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    @skumar The Chennai ground is going to be closed for renovations for the remaining Madras Cricket Club stand so it will not host international matches for a Year

  • Vernacular_Press on June 18, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    prakhs: Bangalore is in karnataka and chennai is in tamil nadu.Pls dont bracket it as south india.Is mumbai(hosted IPL finals for three yrs) in south india, in IPL winner and runner has the option to choose venue for finals.Atleast bangalore can draw crowd better than mohali Eg:Sachin scoring record 34th hundred vs Australia , stadium is empty.

  • on June 18, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    The reporter made a mistake in mentioning the year. It should be 2011 not 2010 as mentioned.

  • on June 18, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    @espncricinfo >>>>dates mentioned need verification

  • RainaisGod on June 18, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    @Prakhs, Chennai has got the biggest games of IPL because of the IPL rules. Whoever is the champion during the previous season will get the opportunity to host the opening game and closing game (finals). It is not that chennai is getting undue advantage. Dhoni and their men have bought out that opportunity for chennai fans. So, one should not consider the number of IPL games played in a venue while deciding about the International matches.

  • on June 18, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    As long as Srinivasan is associated with BCCI, Chennai will never get a decent test or ODI. He wants the chennai makkal to be starved for cricket so that his CSK games can be a sellout.

  • on June 18, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Possibly because there are rains in Nov-Dec in Chennai!! And we don't want wash outs!! Seriously dude are only Chennai cricket fans - the 'true cricket lovers'!!

  • Prakhs on June 18, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Chennai.... dont you think there has been enough of cricket in Chennai. M not against the city, neither do i put up in Kolkata, its just that i could see Indian cricket shifting more towards south rather than spreading evenly across the country. The biggest games of IPL were staged there, Bangalore itself gets almost every alternate good game. So its good that BCCI is considering other venues as well. Good for the audience.. Let there be cricket and no hooplah!!!!

  • on June 18, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    skumar: every venue all across india will get their chance to host international matches so dont worry

  • skumar8494 on June 18, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    Why Chennai not selected for Test against WI.. last test played in Chennai in 2008. very sad for cricket lovers in chennai.

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  • skumar8494 on June 18, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    Why Chennai not selected for Test against WI.. last test played in Chennai in 2008. very sad for cricket lovers in chennai.

  • on June 18, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    skumar: every venue all across india will get their chance to host international matches so dont worry

  • Prakhs on June 18, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Chennai.... dont you think there has been enough of cricket in Chennai. M not against the city, neither do i put up in Kolkata, its just that i could see Indian cricket shifting more towards south rather than spreading evenly across the country. The biggest games of IPL were staged there, Bangalore itself gets almost every alternate good game. So its good that BCCI is considering other venues as well. Good for the audience.. Let there be cricket and no hooplah!!!!

  • on June 18, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Possibly because there are rains in Nov-Dec in Chennai!! And we don't want wash outs!! Seriously dude are only Chennai cricket fans - the 'true cricket lovers'!!

  • on June 18, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    As long as Srinivasan is associated with BCCI, Chennai will never get a decent test or ODI. He wants the chennai makkal to be starved for cricket so that his CSK games can be a sellout.

  • RainaisGod on June 18, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    @Prakhs, Chennai has got the biggest games of IPL because of the IPL rules. Whoever is the champion during the previous season will get the opportunity to host the opening game and closing game (finals). It is not that chennai is getting undue advantage. Dhoni and their men have bought out that opportunity for chennai fans. So, one should not consider the number of IPL games played in a venue while deciding about the International matches.

  • on June 18, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    @espncricinfo >>>>dates mentioned need verification

  • on June 18, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    The reporter made a mistake in mentioning the year. It should be 2011 not 2010 as mentioned.

  • Vernacular_Press on June 18, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    prakhs: Bangalore is in karnataka and chennai is in tamil nadu.Pls dont bracket it as south india.Is mumbai(hosted IPL finals for three yrs) in south india, in IPL winner and runner has the option to choose venue for finals.Atleast bangalore can draw crowd better than mohali Eg:Sachin scoring record 34th hundred vs Australia , stadium is empty.

  • kimian on June 18, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    @skumar The Chennai ground is going to be closed for renovations for the remaining Madras Cricket Club stand so it will not host international matches for a Year