Australia in India 2012-13 December 17, 2012

Kanpur likely to lose Australia Test

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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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  • Selassie-I 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.

  • kc69 on December 18, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    Thank god its not Banglore again

  • Hammond 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?

  • Rajeev129 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • Chris_P 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?

  • maddy20 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.,

  • 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.

  • Smithie 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

  • Selassie-I 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.

  • kc69 on December 18, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    Thank god its not Banglore again

  • Hammond 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?

  • Rajeev129 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • Chris_P 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?

  • maddy20 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.,

  • 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.

  • Smithie 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

  • on December 17, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Indeed Chennai has unseasonal rains at critical moment of test matches and ruin it. No more matches at Chennai.

  • 6Four on December 17, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    @TD_160, Well Summed up. At the start of the England series, everyone gave a huge build up saying India will take them down 4 - 0 and termed this as a 'revenge'. Look wht happened now. The same thing is going to repeat unless few lazy bones are replaced. BTW the Aussies are coming together nicely again, looking at the way they played against Smith's team, they can do anything to this current team of ours.

  • johntycodes on December 17, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    The next test series between india and australia should be being played in australia. Previous to last summer's 4-0 whitewash india had the last two test series at home between the nations. Fair is fait surely.

  • on December 17, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    From what I remember, Kanpur has a true wicket, good bounce, and normal pace for batsmen to score runs and bowlers to get wickets. Like any Indian venue, it will eventually slow down and turn on days 4 and 5. Something must really be against Australia's liking for them to deny the venue. Hopefully, it doesn't tarnish Kanpur's image because it's a beautiful city with a good cricketing tradition.

  • VivtheGreatest on December 17, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    @TD_160, Thats a pretty absurd statement u made. England is a far better team than the current OZ side whose batting line-up is weak and who have no spinner worth the name. England had Cook, Pietersen, Swann, Panesar ,Trott etc. U must be thinking this is still 2001. I dont see this Aus team winning anything over here.

  • baskar_guha on December 17, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    BTW, Perth stinks - literally, I was at the WACA a while back and the stink from the river nearby was unbearable. It isnt the bounce after all.

  • Gizza on December 17, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    @TD_160, the West Indies isn't really a "Western nation" except geographically. Anyway, England themselves have improved massively from their Pakistani drubbing with the benefit and plenty of preparation and experience (having recently played Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka) but India does need a hard look at themselves. Dhoni is an unbelievably defensive captain on-field and off-field and that negative vibe flows onto everyone else in the team it seems.

  • KP_84 on December 17, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    It doesn't matter where the matches are played. If England (who have the worst recordin the subcontinent of any Western nation other than the West Indies) can win in India, you can imagine what Australia will do to India next year.

  • vish57 on December 17, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Include Test Matches in Pune/Vizag/Cuttack/Kochi. Office bearers from Gujart will claim for Rajkot also.

  • on December 17, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    In a 5th Day Indian pitch 4 spinners can't take a single wicket!!!! Heights of shame.

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on December 17, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    @ Rajan: Hyderabad has better facilities,hospitiality, Crowd pullers compared to Chennai...i am sure, within couple of years, Hyderabad would be a go-to hub for all cricket lovers across world ( sans political turmoil)

  • on December 17, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    @SamRoy & @criclovingmind: Are you serious guys? Right now I see India taking a Beating against Eng, whom Pak defeated 3-0 sometime back. Look at Indian team performance guys before commenting on others. Loosing shamelessly in own soil.

  • mihir_nam on December 17, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Well Yes Test Should be played at Premier venues Like Mumbai Delhi Kolkatta Madras Bangalore Mohali Nagpur Ahmadabad if they want to add one more then Pune Sahara Stadium is ready is ready . They should keep ODI's to these small venues . Hope it is given to some good venue . Hyderabad is in line

  • Chris_P on December 17, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    @SamRoy. If we wanted to play on a goat track, there are plenty back here. There is a minimum standard for international test arenas, & obviously Kampur comes up short. I would be looking ta your own team before taking shots at others.

  • SamRoy on December 17, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    But Kanpur is the truest Indian pitch. Slow and Low for pace bowlers; turn and bounce for spinners. CA is afraid that apart from Clarke and Hussey rest of the Aussie batsman would struggle to get double figure scores against their name.

  • here2rock on December 17, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Once agin Indian Cricket caught up in silly rotation policy and off field issue. They can not get get anything right at the moment.

  • on December 17, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    In my opinion, Test Cricket to be played only in Mumbai, Kolkatta, Bangalore and Chennai. We need at least some decent crowd to come and watch the game. All other venues, we hardly see any spectators which creates a pathetic situation.

  • Prats6 on December 17, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    People may criticise this stadium for a lot of things but the crowd makes it up. It was heartening to see a full house on all 5 days when the last test was played.

  • sundersingh on December 17, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    may be CA is Afraid of The pitch Rather than other facilities.....

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  • sundersingh on December 17, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    may be CA is Afraid of The pitch Rather than other facilities.....

  • Prats6 on December 17, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    People may criticise this stadium for a lot of things but the crowd makes it up. It was heartening to see a full house on all 5 days when the last test was played.

  • on December 17, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    In my opinion, Test Cricket to be played only in Mumbai, Kolkatta, Bangalore and Chennai. We need at least some decent crowd to come and watch the game. All other venues, we hardly see any spectators which creates a pathetic situation.

  • here2rock on December 17, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Once agin Indian Cricket caught up in silly rotation policy and off field issue. They can not get get anything right at the moment.

  • SamRoy on December 17, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    But Kanpur is the truest Indian pitch. Slow and Low for pace bowlers; turn and bounce for spinners. CA is afraid that apart from Clarke and Hussey rest of the Aussie batsman would struggle to get double figure scores against their name.

  • Chris_P on December 17, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    @SamRoy. If we wanted to play on a goat track, there are plenty back here. There is a minimum standard for international test arenas, & obviously Kampur comes up short. I would be looking ta your own team before taking shots at others.

  • mihir_nam on December 17, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Well Yes Test Should be played at Premier venues Like Mumbai Delhi Kolkatta Madras Bangalore Mohali Nagpur Ahmadabad if they want to add one more then Pune Sahara Stadium is ready is ready . They should keep ODI's to these small venues . Hope it is given to some good venue . Hyderabad is in line

  • on December 17, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    @SamRoy & @criclovingmind: Are you serious guys? Right now I see India taking a Beating against Eng, whom Pak defeated 3-0 sometime back. Look at Indian team performance guys before commenting on others. Loosing shamelessly in own soil.

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on December 17, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    @ Rajan: Hyderabad has better facilities,hospitiality, Crowd pullers compared to Chennai...i am sure, within couple of years, Hyderabad would be a go-to hub for all cricket lovers across world ( sans political turmoil)

  • on December 17, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    In a 5th Day Indian pitch 4 spinners can't take a single wicket!!!! Heights of shame.