India vs Australia 5th T20I to be shifted to Bengaluru from Hyderabad – Reports
India will play a 5-match T20I series against Australia right after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
It will be a busy schedule for the Indian cricket team till the next ICC T20 World Cup set to be played in West Indies and the USA in June next year. Team India will be immediately put into action after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 and play a 5-match T20I series against Australia. They played a 3-match ODI series against Australia before the World Cup. India’s 5-match T20I series assignment will commence on 23rd November at ACA Stadium in Vishakhapatanam.
The schedule was already out before the World Cup but now, there are a few changes expected to the series. The final T20I was originally scheduled to be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on 3rd December. Now the match is likely to be moved to M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The upcoming T20I series will be completed in 10 days.
Venue to be changed due to elections
Legislative assembly elections are going to be held in Telangana on 30th November and the votes will be counted on 3rd December. Security personnel of the state will be under immense pressure to provide adequate security to the polling booths and various district headquarters. To ease the pressure, the final T20I match of the 5-match T20I series will be most likely shifted to M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
The Police department has also refused hosting permission to the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA). A senior administrator of the HCA told Sportstar, “The Police department didn’t give us the requisite permission to host the match as on that day the counting will happen. It’s really unfortunate, but we can’t do much. We had multiple meetings with the BCCI and requested them for a change in schedule.”
HCA also offered to host the game on 4th December, one day after the counting but the BCCI refused it. The official said, “We could have hosted on December 4, but the board said that the tickets to Australia are already booked and they cannot reschedule the game. Australia will be taking a morning flight to New Delhi on December 4 and will then head to their country.” Visakhapatnam, Guwahati, Nagpur, and Thiruvananthapuram are the other 4 venues.