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India to take on Australia in four-match Test series in Feb-March, BCCI announces schedule

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today announced venues for India's four-match series against Australia beginning February 23. Pune, Ranchi and Dharamsala will be hosting Test matches for the first time. The

India TV Sports Desk, Mumbai [ Updated: October 21, 2016 11:43 IST ]
BCCI today announced venues for India's four-match series against Australia.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today announced venues for India's four-match series against Australia beginning February 23. Pune, Ranchi and Dharamsala will be hosting Test matches for the first time.

The teams will open their campaign in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with the first Test in Pune from February 23 to 27. The series will then move to Bengaluru, which will host the second game from March 4-8.

The last two matches will be played in the two new Test centres -- Ranchi and Dharamsala -- from March 16-20 and March 25-29 respectively.

Australia were whitewashed 4-0 by India in their last tour of the country.

The three centres which had hosted One-day Internationals and T20 Internationals in the past - were accorded Test status last November.

All these three centres, incidentally, are the home turfs of BCCI president Anurag Thakur, secretary Ajay Shirke and joint-secretary Amitabh Choudhary respectively.

The allocation of matches to new centres is aimed at restoring the rotation policy for Tests.

 

India are scheduled to play 13 Tests, 8 ODIs and three T20Is in the current home season.

(With PTI inputs)

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