COVID-19 | BCCI may consider cutting India-West Indies series venues
India are set to host the West Indies for six white ball matches – three ODIs and as many T20Is – across six venues, starting with the 50-man opener in Ahmedabad on February 6.
The rapid rise in COVID-19 cases across the country may force the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to reduce the number of venues for the upcoming set of white balls against West Indies, but the cricket body hasn’t officially discussed the options yet.
The third wave of coronavirus is rapidly taking hold of the country and several states have introduced restrictions, including weekend closures, to prevent the spread of infection.
India are set to host the West Indies for six white ball games – three ODIs and as many T20Is – across six venues, starting with the first 50 game in Ahmedabad on February 6.
“Nothing has been decided yet. It’s a fluid situation and we are keeping an eye on the situation, and we will take a call when the time is right,” a senior BCCI official said.
Besides Ahmedabad, the other venues expected to host the matches are Jaipur (February 9), Kolkata (February 12), Cuttack (February 15), Visakhapatnam (February 18) and Thiruvananthapuram (February 20).
Given the current COVID situation in the country, the Council may consider hosting the six matches in three centers to avoid too much travel as this may leave players vulnerable to infections.
The West Indies team is to undergo three-day isolation after landing in Ahmedabad on February 1.
There will be training sessions on February 4 and 5 before action begins with the first ODI at Motera on February 6.
BCCI has recently been forced to postpone major domestic tournaments including Ranji Trophy and Col CK Naidu Trophy due to an increase in COVID-19 cases across the country.