England news April 2, 2012

England to visit new Indian venues

ESPNcricinfo staff

England will visit four new international venues on their tour of India either side of Christmas. Pune, Ranchi, Rajkot and Dharamsala will all hold ODIs for the first time.

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 but the three other stadiums are awaiting approval: the Subrata Roy Stadium in Pune, the Khandheri Cricket Ground in Rajkot and the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium in Ranchi.

England play four Tests against India in November and December at Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Nagpur before two T20s, one of which will be staged at Pune with Rajkot, Ranchi and Dharamsala staging an ODI each for the five-match series.

Before England tour, India begin their home season with a two-Test series against New Zealand in August, followed by two T20s. 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. The Tests will be held in Hyderabad and Bangalore, the T20 matches in Chennai and Visakhapatnam.

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

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  • cool on April 3, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    @suko99: If the Indian pitches are batsmen friendly, why did your team struggle even to bat out 50 overs in 4 of the 5 matches in ODI series recently? Why your team has not won a single series in India against India for at-least last 20 years? And why soggy green pans are better than Dust Bowls?

  • Devesh on April 3, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    English team will feel at ease, comfort and at home. All of the above venues will be better and bigger than Taunton and Rosebowl.

  • Sumeet on April 3, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    Test matches in August? That too against NZ, whom we played in 2010! Why would you just want to fill in test matches just for the sake of it. On second thoughts, good that they are staging test matches rather than another pointless ODI series. And thankfully they're playing against NZ. I shiver to think if there were another series against SL, for last few years it seemed as if August is the month booked for them :)

  • bala on April 2, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Hmmm.. I think "Dust Bowls" are better than "Soggy Pans", At least you can play cricket in dust bowls. You can go fishing in soggy green pans!

  • suresh on April 2, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    INTRODUCING........ Pune, Ranchi, Rajkot and Dharamsala. The new DUST BOWLS for cricket to be played & the Indian batsmen to flourish & to help Tendulkar to get to 200th INTERNATIONAL CENTURY.......CHEERS !!!!!!!!

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