Australia in India 2012-13 December 17, 2012

Kanpur likely to lose Australia Test


The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad is likely to host its second Test of the season if the BCCI decides to move the fourth Test between India and Australia from Green Park in Kanpur. The decision is expected to be made before the year-end, after Cricket Australia expressed dissatisfaction over facilities in Kanpur.

ESPNcricinfo understands that CA's venue inspection team, which visited Kanpur on December 12, expressed concerns over not only the in-stadia facilities but also about hospitality. "The dressing room is not suitable to accommodate a modern-day entourage of a cricket team. Besides, they were not impressed with the facilities at the only five-star hotel in the town," a source said.

The BCCI asked the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA), the host association, to get things in order within a fortnight but if the board's recce team, which had inspected the facilities on December 1, finds the venue unsuitable, then Kanpur "will have to be replaced". The beneficiary will be the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), which had hosted the first Test of the home season, against New Zealand in August.

The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium became India's 10th active Test venue when it hosted its first Test two years ago. The BCCI awards Tests to each venue by rotation and since India have 10 home games this season, Hyderabad will have first right of hosting the fourth Test against Australia, if Kanpur is ruled out.

The UPCA, however, is making a late attempt to not lose the Test. Green Park is the only Test centre in India that is not owned by the cricket body. "Since it's owned by the state government, maintaining it and renovating it becomes too difficult," a UPCA official said. "Hopefully, we will be able to erase all doubts raised and be able to put up a good show."

Green Park has not hosted an international since the Sri Lanka Test in November 2009 primarily due to the UPCA's administrative tussle with the state government. Though the UPCA office bearers were in talks with the government officials last year for leasing the stadium, the attempts haven't reaped any rewards.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Rayner on December 19, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Is this a battle of the pitch doctors here? Just forget about it Australia, India might well get some revenge on you, with no decent spinner in the side they can benefit from producing some rank turners for your visit. India are also a very wounded tiger at the moment with almost everyone playing for their place.

  • Krishna on December 18, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    Thank god its not Banglore again

  • Geoffrey on December 18, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Bit precious from such a bog average test side. Surely any old four walls and a roof will do?

  • Rajeev on December 18, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Hopefully we (Hyderabad) will be able to host a test match against Australia. Whatever you say, our pitch is best in the country along with Mohali.

  • Dummy4 on December 18, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    @all: Test venues are not decided by BCCI but ICC. BCCI can only recommend. Only ODI venues could be decided by home board.

  • vinod on December 18, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    Why giving one more test to Hyderabad? What is wrong with Kochi?

  • Peter on December 17, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    @vish57. I don't know about the other grounds, but I have been to Pune & the facilities were far superior than what Kanpur offered, I know they have had ODI's there, not sure why not tests?

  • V.L on December 17, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    @ TD_160 Can you name a good spinner from Australia who can trouble the Indian batsmen like Swann and Panesar did? They have vastly improved from their drubbing in UAE and put up an impressive show this time around. The Aussies on the other hand are good at nothing but bullying opposition teams on the field with mindless sledging. It is just what it takes to fire up some of the Indian batsmen who will do better when they are sledged. Gambhir, Kohli etc.,

  • Dummy4 on December 17, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    I guess CA feels that they will get another Mine field like South Africa got few years ago at the same ground. They fear the pitch with no notable spinner in their side I believe.

  • John on December 17, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Shows the respect the BCCI is according a Test series when the schedule is still not announced with about 2 months to go before it starts. Unprofessional and exposes Srini's prioritories

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