Australian cricket team will be touring to India for a limited overs series later this month. They will be playing 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is, which is scheduled to start from September 17.
BCCI is yet to get approval from ICC for conducting an international match at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati — venue of the second T20.
Speaking to CricketNext, a senior BCCI official said, “It is true that we have not yet got an official go-ahead to host an international game at the Barspara Stadium. But we are positive and are expecting it any time now. The inspection went well and there is no reason to worry.”
He further added, “It should have come in by now. But we are still awaiting a confirmation in this regard from the BCCI. Yet, there is no dearth of effort from our side to ensure that everything is in place. We have the ground ready for action and if we don’t finally get to host this T20I, we are definitely ready for future assignments.”
However, the Assam Cricket Association doesn’t seem to be happy with the delay in confirmation as the game is just a month away and a lot of logistical preparations need to be taken care of before the match.
When asked about the logistical issues, the official replied, “Well, you cannot deny this aspect and that there are areas to be covered off the field as well when it comes to hotel bookings and all, but well that is for the BCCI to look into as to why things are taking time. The inspection went well.”
Interestingly, an ICC official has come up with a statement regarding the same, he said, “There could be some issue with the dates and you could see the match date being reworked, not that it is definitely going to happen. But I am not in a position to comment on the status report of the stadium.”
Australia have announced the ODI and T20I Squads but Team India is yet to finalize their squads for the limited overs series as selectors will get a better perspective after the one-off T20 against Sri Lanka.