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Ahmedabad and Lucknow to host white-ball series against West Indies: Reports

After the South Africa series, team India is set to host West Indies for limited over series, consisting of three ODIs and as many T20Is.

Aakash Srivastava Author

Updated - 14 January 2022 12:22 am

Team India is fighting it out hard in ongoing third and the final Test in Cape Town, hoping to register their maiden series win on the South Africa soil. Virat Kohli & co. started the tour by surprising hosts with a convincing win in the first Test, battered South Africa led by Dean Elgar bounced back in the 2nd Test and handed over seven wicket defeat to Kohli-less team. The ongoing third Test is a series decider of the three match Test series, and both the team are going neck to neck so far, denying victory to other.

Both the team will also lock horns in the three match ODI series, scheduled to start from 19 January. Post South Africa series, team India is set to host West Indies for limited over series, consisting of three ODIs and as many T20Is. According to latest reports, Lucknow and Ahmedabad have been shortlisted as possible venues for the series against the West Indies, which is scheduled from 6 to 20 February. According to the initial itinerary, Ahmedabad (February 6), Jaipur (February 9) and Kolkata (February 12) were supposed to host the ODIs, while Cuttack (February 15), Visakhapatnam (February 18) and Thiruvananthapuram (February 20) were to stage the T20Is.

It cannot happen in six venues: Aakash Chopra

Coronavirus has forced the BCCI to rewrite their itinerary, Lucknow has been shortlisted as sole venue for three ODIs while Ahmedabad to stage all the T20I matches. Earlier, Aakash Chopra hinted towards the same, while speaking on his YouTube channel, he said that, “The way the Omnicon cases are going up, I don’t think we have the possibility to safely conduct a series at six venues, with so much of travel involved. It cannot happen at all.”

Adding further he also said that if BCCI will host the matches at six venues he will be playing with fire. “You can take it from me in writing that it cannot happen in six venues because holding it in six venues means you are playing with fire. If you play with fire, then if not now, one day later your hands will surely get burnt,” he concluded.

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