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Guwahati to host India-Australia ODI

Source: PTI
July 01, 2009 15:44 IST
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Guwahati, deprived of international cricket due to reasons varying from weather to security, is among the seven cities picked by the Board of Control for Cricket in India to host the India-Australia one-day series, scheduled for October-November.

Delhi, Mumbai, Mohali, Hyderabad, Nagpur and Jaipur are the other six cities chosen for the series.

Guwahati was scheduled to host the final India-England ODI last year in November but Kevin Pietersen and his men returned home midway through the series after the Mumbai terror attacks. The match looked in trouble even before that because of serial blasts in the north-eastern city.

A couple of years earlier, the city lost out on hosting the two teams due to bad weather which led to crowd violence.

BCCI's Tour Programme and Fixtures Committee decided that the match schedule for the India-Australia would be finalized after the logistics are worked out, Board secretary N Srinivasan, who chaired the meeting in the absence of Lalit Modi, said in a statement on Wednesday.

The domestic schedule for the season was also drawn up. It was decided that the Duleep Trophy would be held on a knock-out basis and South Zone would host the inaugural edition of the BCCI Corporate Trophy from September 1-8.

The 12 participating teams in the Inter-Corporate tournament would be divided into three groups of four sides each and matches will be played on league-cum-knockout basis.

The inter-state Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, that was not held the previous season, will be held, Srinivasan said.

Women cricketers will be playing only limited-overs matches, one-dayers and T20 ties.

In junior cricket, the C K Nayudu Trophy for under-22 players and the Cooch Behar Trophy for under-19 cricketers would be played in a two-tier format -- Elite Group and Plate Group -- on a home and away basis.

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