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Four new venues for India's home season

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April 2, 2012

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India's home season will feature four new international venues in Pune, Ranchi, Rajkot and Dharamsala. While the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala, which has hosted several IPL matches, has already been approved by the ICC as an international venue, the three other stadiums are awaiting approval. They are the Subrata Roy Stadium in Pune, the Khandheri Cricket Ground in Rajkot and the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium in Ranchi.

India begin their home season with a two-Test series against New Zealand in August, followed by two Twenty20 internationals. The BCCI has confirmed that Hyderabad will host the first Test from August 23 and Bangalore, the second from August 31. The Twenty20 matches will be played in Chennai and Visakhapatnam. Each of the four venues chosen for that series are located in southern India, as a result of the monsoon season being at its peak in the rest of the country.

India then play a full series, including four Tests, against England from November to January. The Tests will be at Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Nagpur; Pune will stage one of the two scheduled Twenty20 internationals, and Rajkot, Ranchi and Dharamsala have been allotted one ODI each for the five-match series.

The home season concludes with a four-Test series against Australia between February and March 2013.

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Posted by Meety on (April 4, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

Didn't NZ only just tour India recently AND have not hosted India since? Actually I have just checked & it was LESS than 2 years ago!! Honestly, the BCCI should bury the hatchet with Pakistan & have some more meaningful contests. Should be a sweet deal for NZ though!

Posted by happyhari4 on (April 4, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

Chepauk is hosting a test match in February against australia. BCCI has made a good decision not to host test match during England series at Chepauk. Bcoz monsoon will be at peak in chennai during this season.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (April 3, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

BCCI LOOKS STUPID . FOR WHAT REASON THEY HAVE CHOSEN MOTERA , NAGPUR FOR TESTS . TESTS SHOULD BE IN CHENNAI , KOTLA , KOLKATA ,KANPUR . WE WANT 8-0 REVENGE AT THE END OF AUS TOUR IN 2013 .

Posted by Kewal999 on (April 3, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

Surat, which has an international class stadium dosen't get intenational cricket due to petty politics of the Gujarat Cricket Association. With a population of 45 lacs, Surat is the 8th Largest city in India. BCCI should take up the distribution of matches into its own hands rather than leaving it to the state associations. To arrest the trend of dwindling crowd attendances at stadiums it should take Test cricket to centers like Surat, which are cricket starved .

Posted by   on (April 3, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

Chennai chepauk ground s famous for hosting test matches but they are not interested to host it, instead they are interested to make money and hosting a T20 match against NZ. i hope a test match between Ind vs Australia will be there @ C hennai in 2013.

Posted by Bruisers on (April 3, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

What happened to the GOA stadium?? There should be matches held there regularly..

Posted by   on (April 3, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

Graveyards Motera,Hyderabad and Nagpur for Tests??BCCI has been crazy.I would have preferred Chennai for a test vs New Zealand and Kanpur Minefield and Kotla for England Tests.Still happy to see Dharmashala get an ODI.One of the bowler friendly pitches and a beautiful venue.Hope curators at Wankhade,Chepauk and Eden put up turners.Feel Bangalore is a gamble as far as hosting New Zealand for a test match in August.You can never predict the weather.It could suddenly rain.All said and done good spread of games across the country for the home season.

Posted by Duke-Count on (April 3, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

@Anoop...Fret not,dude.... It has been announced tht Kochi will host an ODI (am not sure whether its against Eng or Aus, but it is definitely going to)

@satish619chandar..... Chennai will host a test match against AUS.... good scheduling. I wud say...

@All.... Full schedule not given properly in the article.... All 10 test venues in India will get to host a match each in the home season.... good job, BCCI....

NZL Tour 2 Tests - Hyderabad & Bangalore 2 T20s - Chennai & Vizag

Eng Tour 4 Tests - Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad & Nagpur

AUS Tour 4 Tests - Delhi, Chennai, Mohali & Kanpur

I did read abt the ODI venues as well, but don't remember it correctly right now... so I'll refrain from commenting abt tht.....(but one thing's for sure, Kochi does get to host an ODI).....

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (April 3, 2012, 3:45 GMT)

yes . after all dharamshala gets a international match . i always said that it can be one of the beautiful grounds in the world along with capetown .

Posted by satish619chandar on (April 3, 2012, 3:27 GMT)

Sprweading cricket shold revive the viewer count on ground.. Bigger grounds got IPL and fans will spend money to watch it and if they still hold intl matches there, it is tough on fans to spend for everything.. Better for the game to be spread over smaller venues as they would love to view matches and see their favorite players performing before them.. Good decision.. But, why T20 in Chennai? It is the best spinning wicket in India and better if we can have test there instead of T20.. Kolkata and Mumbai will be good venues against England but Ahamedabad and Nagpur are bad selections.. Better they could have picked Kanpur and Chennai for tests and gave them challenging tracks rather than historically flat ones..

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