The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Tours and Fixtures Committee has reportedly recommended that the upcoming three-match One-Day International (ODI) series and the three-match T20I series between India and West Indies to be played in Ahmedabad and Kolkata.
The Indian board however, is yet to make an annoucement on the matter.
Originally, the six games were scheduled to be held between February 6 and 20 six venues – Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Cuttack, Visakhapatnam and Thiruvananthapuram. However, due to the current operational constraints arising out of the spike in Covid-19 cases, the BCCI Committee has recommended to stage the series across two venues.
The committe has reportedly recommended to stage the two series in Ahmedabad and Kolkata was passed to the office bearers on Wednesday evening.
On the other hand, reports also suggested that West Indies Cricket don’t have any issues with the last-minute change in venues. CWI has confirmed that they will be happy to accept any changes as long as the strict Covid protocols are followed as their priority is nothing but players’ safety.
“A request for such a change has not reached to 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 was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
The Windies team is scheduled to arrive in Ahmedabad on February 1 following which they will undergo a three-day isolation period. The tourist will begin their practice sessions in the next two days before the matches begin.
Notably, Team India have a packed home schedule in the ongoing year with the focus on the T20 World Cup, scheduled to be staged in Australia later this year.
After the West Indies tour, India are slated to play a T20 series against Sri Lanka and South Africa at home.
Earlier in December 2021, the emergence of several Covid-19 positive cases in the West Indies camp in Karachi has led to the postponement of three-match ODI series between Windies and hosts Pakistan.
The two boards – Pakistan Cricket board (PCB) and West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) – had then jointly decided to push the ODI series to June 2022.
“Taking into consideration both the teams’ welfare as well as limited resources in the West Indies side for the ODIs, it has been agreed that the series, which forms part of the ICC Men’s Cricket Word Cup Super League, will be postponed and rescheduled for early June 2022,” the two boards had den said in a joint statement.