Windies, who will arrive in India later this year for a full tour, may play India’s first ever day-night Test after BCCI sources named either Rajkot or Hyderabad as the likely venues for the game.
The BCCI’s Tours and Fixtures Committee meeting took place on Saturday (March 17) as they sat down to finalise the upcoming tours for the Indian home season. The day-night Test is subject to approval from the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA). The CoA’s head Vinod Rai had earlier pulled up BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary for hastily initiating a move to schedule India’s maiden day-night Test against the Windies in October without consulting his panel and the other office-bearers of the board.
“If the Committee of Administrators (CoA) gives its approval, one of the two centres will host the Test under floodlights,” a BCCI source told PTI.
India are scheduled to play against Afghanistan in a lone Test from June 14 in Bengaluru, which will be the latter’s first Test, kick-starting the home season. After the Afghanistan Test, there’s an Asia Cup scheduled to start from September 18, but that depends on the Indian government granting permission for the Pakistan cricket team to travel to the country.
Windies will also play five ODIs and three T20Is on their tour. The venues were also decided on Saturday for the tour. Mumbai, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram, Indore and Guwahati will be the five cities for the ODI series. The three T20s will be held in Kolkata, Chennai and Kanpur/Lucknow.
Once Windies’ tour gets over, India will travel to Australia for a two-month long full tour. After Australia’s tour, India are scheduled to travel to New Zealand to play five ODIs and two T20Is – according to ICC’s FTP.
Since 2019 is a world cup year, India will be concentrating on playing a lot of limited-overs cricket. Australia will tour India in February-March for five ODIs and T20Is, before the IPL. Thereafter, India will go to England to play the world cup. The venues for the Australia tour have been announced as well. While Mohali, Delhi, Nagpur, Hyderabad and Ranchi will host the ODIs, Visakhapatnam and Bengaluru will get the chance to host the two T20s.