The BCCI working committee will be now sitting formally on October 21 to discuss over the hurriedly arranged five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka following the West Indies pulling out. The decision taking body of the BCCI will also discuss about the Sri Lanka Cricket’s proposal to shift next year’s three-Test series between the two countries from India to Sri Lanka.
The working committee will finalize the schedule of the Sri Lanka series. The five ODIs are expected to be scheduled on November 2, 5, 8, 11 and 14 respectively and Cuttack & Kolkata as hosts for the first two ODIs.
While Patel had earlier confirmed that Kolkata will be awarded a match since the Cricket Association of Bengal had been allotted the fifth ODI against West Indies to celebrate the 150 years of Eden Gardens and Odisha Cricket Association secretary Asirbad Behera confirmed that Cuttack is set to host the opening ODI against Sri Lanka on November 2 as Cuttack was earlier scheduled to host the lone Twenty20 against West Indies.
It wasn’t clear whether if the three Test venues – Hyderabad, Bangalore and Ahmedabad for the West Indies series, will get to host an ODI instead of a Test as the BCCI follows separate rotation systems for ODIs and Tests. However, Hyderabad, the home of interim president Shivlal Yadav, is likely to get an ODI. And one of the remaining two ODIs could be hosted at Ranchi, the home of the Jharkhand State Cricket Association as the JSCA is a key aide of N Srinivasan in hoping to be nominated for becoming the BCCI president’s post from the east zone next month.
And for the SLC proposal of swapping venue for the next year’s Test series, the working committee may give an approval to it, as it is a return gesture to SLC for agreeing to tour India in a very short notice. The BCCI policy believes that they should agree for the switching to keep a key supporter in the ICC happy. The meeting will be taking financial aspect into their account before settling to A final call.