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India-New Zealand ODI Can be the Last International Game at Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium

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While Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium has got the nod ahead of Lucknow’s newly-built Ekana International Cricket Stadium to host the third One-Day International between India and New Zealand next month, it can be the last international game at the venue.

The match, scheduled to be played on October 29, was allotted to Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) and the association was keen to organise the game in Lucknow, which recently hosted Duleep Trophy matches. However, they finally zeroed in on the Green Park due to the incomplete infrastructure related work at Ekana.

“It’s not up to the mark. The ICC has not given clearance for hosting the match so that Kanpur will host the match,” BCCI CEO Rahul Johri told reporters.

However, BCCI’s acting president CK Khanna has said the upcoming game could turn out to be the last game at the venue which hosted its first international game in 1952 and was also the place where India’s first Test win over Australia came in December 1959.

“Probably, this would be for the last time that the Green Park hosts an international match as the Lucknow stadium is far superior, and one of the best stadiums in the country,” Khanna told Hindustan Times.

Khanna further said Ekana Stadium would be the best in the state once the infrastructural work gets completed.

“This stadium requires at least two more months to finish, and after conducting the Indian Premier League matches next season, this venue would be the best-ever in the state to host international matches,” said Khanna.

“A few IPL teams have approached the authorities here, and it would be good for the venue to gear up for big matches (ODIs and Tests) in future,” he added.

Earlier this month, Suresh Raina had also expressed his apprehensions over the status of Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium after India Blue’s game against India Red was washed out.

“We held games in Noida. There was a game in Lucknow as well. Kanpur is the oldest Test ground (in Uttar Pradesh). You can’t make such mistakes and lose the charm of Test cricket here. So many UP guys have played on this ground. I have got so much from here. But if you make such mistakes, it could all be gone,” he had said.

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