India, the cricket crazy nation is set to hand Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram their debut in hosting T20 internationals as multiple series of limited overs cricket returns in home soil for the men in Blue.
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Guwahati’s Barsapara Stadium will host a T20 while Greenfield stadium of Trivandrum will also host one in the upcoming schedule. BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said either Kochi or Thiruvananthapuram will host a T20 international against Sri Lanka, Kerala Cricket Association secretary, Jayesh George, confirmed that the Greenfield Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram will stage the match on December 20. The Barsapara Stadium in Guwahati, which has been a first-class venue, will play host to a T20 international against Australia.
Previously Kochi has been the stadium in Kerala where international cricket has been played, but Jayesh George confirmed that due to ISL and FIFA U17 World Cup the match will be moved to the capital city of Kerala.
He also added that it is a happy time for the city of Thiruvananthapuram as cricket returns there after some twenty five years. He also admitted that they will have to take better measures and do fine tuning to host an international match, as there may be some deterrent which they will have to resolve. It was also revealed that Kerala will play Ranji Matches in the ground as well.
While the stadium has been inspected and given the approval by the BCCI, the ICC is expected to conduct an inspection soon. “The BCCI’s committee visited the stadium about two months ago and they were satisfied with it,” George said. He also believes that the ICC inspection will be a mere formality as they have matched all the required criteria.
India are currently in Sri Lanka on tour and will return home to face three cricketing giants back to back as Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka will travel India for limited over cricket.