New venue for Windies tour opener
A new venue has been announced for the three-day warm-up fixture between the touring West Indies cricket team and Uttar Pradesh, scheduled to begin on Thursday.
The match, originally down to be played at Cuttack, has now been shifted to the Jadavpur University Complex in Kolkata because of rain.
The Odisha Cricket Association says it is unable to host the match due to torrential rains over the past week.
The rain also forced the abandonment of India’s ODI against Australia on Saturday.
Mumbai had emerged as a frontrunner for hosting the warm-up game but Kolkata was said to be the best option given the travel plans of the West Indies cricket team.
West Indies, who were scheduled to arrive in Kolkata yesterday, are expected to get an additional day on November 3, originally scheduled to be a travel day, to prepare for the opening Test.
The first Test between West Indies and India will begin on November 6 at Eden Gardens while the second Test is scheduled to start November 14.
The three ODIs will be played on November 21, 24 and 27.