The BCCI has "no plans to shift" India's final two ODIs against Australia in Mohali and Delhi, the cricket board's acting president CK Khanna said Friday. There were reports that in the wake of increased tensions between India and Pakistan after the neighbouring country violated the Indian airspace in Jammu and Kashmir, the BCCI was considering taking the last two ODIs out of the northern region.
The fourth ODI in Mohali is scheduled on March 10 while the fifth game at Delhi will be held on March 13. Saurashtra had reportedly offered to host one of the games."There is certainly no such plan to shift any of the games from their original venues. I can confirm that both ODIs in Mohali and Delhi, is happening as per schedule," Khanna told PTI.
He also confirmed that there has never been any discussion on shifting of venues."As far as a backup venue is concerned, the BCCI always has alternate arrangements in place in case a venue expresses its inability to hold a game.
It was nice of Saurashtra to put their hand up but as of now, it will not be necessary," Khanna said.
Meanwhile, the series between two teams is expected to be full of enthusiasm and should be a delight to watch. The first of five-match ODI series is scheduled to start on March 2 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. Series against Australia will also be India's last assignment before the forthcoming World cup. However, this remains to be seen, if India can fix their 15 member squad post this series.
(With Inputs: PTI)