Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, July 26:
There is good news for the cricket lovers in Odisha: Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) is going to host a one-day international match between India and West Indies in October this year.
Announcing this at a press meet this afternoon, OCA treasurer Satya Mohanty said a decision to this effect was taken by the Tour Programme and Fixtures Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at Mumbai today.
The Caribbean team, scheduled to arrive in India on a month-long tour in October-November this year, would play three Tests, five one-dayers and one T20 match.
Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad would be the venues for the Test matches while the one-day matches would be played at Kolkata, Vishakhapatnam, Cuttack, Dhamashala and Kochi, it was decided at the meeting today.
The T20 match would be played at Delhi.
The visiting team will play two warm-up games on October 3 and 6 before the commencement of the ODI series that is to be played from October 8 to 20.
“The committee would finalise the exact date-wise match schedule later after taking into consideration logistics related issues”, Mohanty informed.
He also said that the technical committee also recommended to the working committee of the BCCI to organise limited overs tournaments before the Ranji Trophy in the 2014-15 season to provide domestic cricketers an opportunity to perform before the Indian team for the ICC CWC 2015 is picked.
It also recommended that the age group for Col CK Nayudu Trophy would be changed from under-25 to under-23.
The under-23 teams will be called ‘A’ teams in which only three Ranji Trophy cricketers, irrespective of their age, will be permitted in the playing XI.
Apart from this, the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy and BCCI Corporate Trophy should be deferred for the season owing to the crowded domestic calendar, it proposed.
The committee also recommended implementation of all ICC playing conditions pertaining to limited-overs cricket in domestic matches that include a new ball from each end, and field restrictions, Mohanty added.