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India-England ODI series might be shifted from Pune

The three-match ODI series between India and England might be shifted to another venue from Pune, where all three matches are scheduled to be played.

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England are in India at the moment for a long early Indian summer. England are scheduled to play four Tests, five T20Is, and three ODIs. The tour has started with the four-match Test series. Out of four Tests, already three Tests are completed and India are leading the Test series 2-1.

Both teams are in Ahmedabad at the moment for the last two Tests. After the pink-ball affair, the last and fourth Test will be also played in the same venue. Following the Test series, the five-match T20I series is also scheduled to play in the same venue.

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After a long stay in Ahmedabad, both teams will head to Pune for the three-match ODI series. Now it looks like there might be a change in the venue for the ODI series. The sudden rise of COVID-19 cases in Pune is said to be the reason for alternative thinking.

The city recorded 1542 new cases and 8 deaths on Thursday. Also, Maharastra state is having a sudden rise in the no. of new cases. The hike in the positive cases has made BCCI rethink the schedules planned in Pune.

As per reports, BCCI is looking to find an alternative venue for the ODI series among the venues that are hosting the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy. Anyhow, nothing is official up to now and also it is said that the sudden rise of cases in the state will influence the selection of venues for IPL 2021.

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