Hyderabad or Rajkot to Host India’s First Ever Day-Night Test

India will host Australia for five ODIs and two T20 Internationals in February-March next year.

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The BCCI on Saturday finalised Indian team’s home series itinerary and picked the two centres for hosting Test matches during the Windies tour.
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Hyderabad or Rajkot may become the first venue in the country to host a day-night Test match when the Windies arrive for their tour, later this year.

The BCCI on Saturday finalised Indian team's home series itinerary and picked the two centres for hosting Test matches during the Windies tour.

“If the Committee of Administrators (CoA) gives its approval, one of the two centres will host a Test under floodlights,” said a BCCI source.

According to India's home series itinerary, the Indian team 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 Tests, India will also host Windies 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.

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 C K Khanna said, “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."

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