BCCI suggests Ahmedabad, Kolkata as venues for WI ODIs, T20Is

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New Delhi: The Tours and Fixtures Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suggested that the three-match ODI series and three-match T20I series between India and the West Indies be played in Ahmedabad and Kolkata, respectively.

The six games, which will take place between February 6 and 20, were supposed to be held in six different cities: Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Cuttack, Visakhapatnam, and Thiruvananthapuram. However, the BCCI has now been advised to decrease the number of venues for the series because of the surge of COVID-19 cases in the nation.

Playing the matches in one or two locations will save travel time and risk in the face of the COVID-19 threat.

The recommendation by the committee to organise matches in Ahmedabad and Kolkata was passed to the office bearers on Wednesday evening. However, the fixtures are yet to be finalised, according to a Cricbuzz report.

Earlier, Cricket West Indies (CWI) had said that they don’t have issues with the change in venues and are open to the idea of playing the whole series in fewer centres.

“A request for such a change has not reached me as yet. But we accept such operational actions by local boards in the interest of what is best for implementing health protocols,” CWI chief Ricky Skerritt had said.

According to the BCCI, the West Indies team, supposed to arrive on February 1 and would be isolated for three days till February 3. Before the first game on February 6, the teams will have nets for two days, on February 4 and 5.

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