Venues for T20Is between India and Australia to be swapped

The venues for the two-match T20I series between India and Australia in February 2019 to be interchanged due to security concerns.

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India are currently having a short outing of the limited-overs format in New Zealand with five ODIs and three T20Is. Following the tour, India will host Australia for another short series of limited overs format that comprises of two T20Is and five ODIs.

This series is expected to be India’s last home assignment before the mega event ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The series will begin with the two-match T20I series. Both matches will be played in Bengaluru and Vishakapatnam respectively.

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Now according to the close reports, both venues are expected to be interchanged due to the security concerns. Due to the Aero India Show as well as the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Bengaluru Police Commissioner conveyed that they wouldn’t be able to provide enough security.

As per the reports in the Hindustan Time, the mail from Sanjay M. Desai, president of KSCA, to ACA general secretary Arun Kumar read, “As I mentioned to you there has been an adverse development that the Police Commissioner in Bangalore is unable to guarantee the required security support, police bandobast etc.

In view of the above, we would request you to kindly consider swapping our T-20 match with yours i.e. you would host the First T-20 match on Sunday, 24th February, 2019 in Vizag and we would host the Second T-20 match on Wednesday, 27th February, 2019 in Bangalore. I would urge you to consider our request urgently and we would be grateful if you can kindly confirm this swapping of T-20 matches to us and more importantly to the Office Bearers.”

Amitabh Chaudhary who has been the acting secretary of the BCCI forwarded the mail to the CoA. The request was approved by Diana Edulji. Here’s the copy of the mail.

The mail read: “The forwarded email is self-explanatory. The reasons assigned for acceding to the request are in order. An email formally accepting the request may kindly be sent to all concerned at the earliest. The two associations may accordingly prepare.”

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