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India's home series itinerary announced; Hyderabad or Rajkot may host first-ever Day-Night Test

The West Indies will tour India for a full series between October and November featuring three Tests, five One Day Internationals and one-off Twenty20.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: March 17, 2018 18:30 IST ]
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday released India's home series itinerary, according to which Hyderabad and Rajkot will get to host two Test matches against West Indies, while Delhi will conduct an ODI against Australia. India will play only three Test matches at home -- the historic first against Afghanistan in June along with two more against West Indies in October after Diwali.

Apart from that, India also host the Caribbeans for five ODIs in Mumbai, Guwahati, Kochi, Indore and Pune in early November.

The series will end with three Twenty20 Internationals at Kolkata, Chennai and Kanpur. The Kolkata T20 will held on November 4 but dates for other matches are yet to be known.

CAB president Sourav Ganguly was a special invitee (as technical committee chairman) at the Tours and Fixtures Committee meeting on Saturday.

"We will host the Caribbean Team for the one-off T20 international at the Eden Gardens," Ganguly said.

Ganguly further announced that a new look Eden Gardens may also host the upcoming Indian Premier League qualifiers if Pune fails to host it.

The Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) has originally been awarded the playoff matches (Eliminator and Qualifier-2) of the IPL-11.

Apart from Ganguly, acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary, GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim and Rajan Tiwary were present. CEO Rahul Johri is in Dubai for a strategic group meeting of ICC while acting president CK Khanna didn't attend due to personal reasons.

India will leave for Australia after the Twenty20 series for a two-month long tour.

They will again host Australia for five ODIs and two T20 Internationals in February-March.

The five ODIs will be held in Mohali (February 24), Hyderabad (February 27), Nagpur (March 2), Delhi (March 5) and Ranchi (March 8).

The two T20 Internationals will be held in Bengaluru (March 10) and Visakhapatnam (March 13).

When contacted, BCCI acting president CK Khanna told PTI:"It is only good that Delhi gets to host matches in March as there won't be any problems of air pollution like it happened during the Sri Lanka Test match, last December.

(With PTI inputs)

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