Pune to host New Zealand for One Day match

Sports Reporter
Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The India-New Zealand ODI will be the fifth major match to 
be played at MCA Stadium. The other four include India-England T20I in 2012, India-Australia ODI played in 2013, India-Sri Lanka T20I in 2016 and India-England ODI in January 2017.

Pune: Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium continues to get a bounty of cricket action as it is set to host the India-New Zeland ODI slated for mid-October this year, the BCCI conveyed after the Board’s tours and fixtures committee meeting in Kolkata on Tuesday. 

The India-New Zealand ODI will be the fifth major match to 
be played at MCA Stadium. The other four include India-England T20I in 2012, India-Australia ODI played in 2013, India-Sri Lanka T20I in 2016 and India-England ODI in January 2017.

THe BCCI’s Tours and Fixtures Committee however did not announce the dates keeping in mind the logistics. 

India’s home season starts mid-September with five One-Day Inernationals (ODI) against Australia slated to be played at Chennai, Bangalore, Nagpur, Indore and Kolkata.

The three T20 Internationals against Australia will be played in Hyderabad, Ranchi and Guwahati.

New Zealand will play mid-October and the three ODIs will be held in Pune, Mumbai and Kanpur followed by three T20 Internationals at Delhi, Cuttack and Rajkot.

From the middle of November, India will play Sri Lanka in Kolkata which will host the first Test against Sri Lanka.

The second Test is scheduled in Nagpur while the final match of the series will be held in Delhi.
The three ODIs against Sri Lanka will be held in Dharamsala, Mohali and Vizag.

The three T20 Internationals will be held in Kochi or the newly-accredited Thiruvanantpuram, Indore and Mumbai.

India home series schedule

-    Australia Series: 
    ODIs (5): Chennai, Bengaluru, 
                Nagpur, Indore, Kolkata 
    T20 Internationals (3): Hyderabad, 
                Ranchi, Guwahati 

-    New Zealand Series 
    ODIs (3): Pune, Mumbai, Kanpur 
    T20I (3): Delhi, Cuttack, Rajkot 

-    Sri Lanka Series:
    Tests (3): Kolkata, Nagpur and Delhi 
    ODIs (3): Dharamsala, Mohali, Vizag 
    T20 Internationals (3): Kochi/
Thiruvanantpuram, Indore, Mumbai.

Ranji Trophy back with ‘home-away’ format
- After one season of experimentation with neutral venues, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reverted to the traditional ‘home and away’ format for the upcoming season of the Ranji Trophy. Sourav Ganguly, the head of the Technical Committee of the BCCI, cited ‘logistical reasons’ behind their decision.
- The Ranji Trophy last year had 28 teams, including debutants Chattisgarh, divided into two groups of nine each and a 10-member Group C. From the upcoming season, the teams will be distributed equally (seven each) amongst the four groups - A, B, C and D - with each side playing six league-stage fixtures before the two from each advancing to the quarterfinals.
- The big decision that BCCI took in June 2016 based on the recommendation put forth by the Ganguly-led committee came with the intention of taking ‘home advantage’ out of the equation and putting an end to one-sided results. 
- The rationale behind such a drastic step was to ensure there wouldn’t be a repeat of the 2015-16 season, when as many as 29 matches finished inside first three days with home boards preparing favourable tracks.

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