Kolkata, Nagpur to host India-South Africa Tests

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/b/bcci.jpg' class='caption'> South Africa, who tour India next month for a compressed tour, will play two Tests against the hosts in Kolkata and Nagpur, the BCCI said on Sunday.

Updated: January 03, 2010 09:44 IST
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New Delhi:

Test cricket will to return Eden Gardens after a two-year gap after BCCI on Sunday named Kolkata and Nagpur as the venues of the two-match India-South Africa Test series scheduled next month.

Kanpur, Jaipur and Ahmedabad would host the One-Day Internationals, BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement on Sunday.

The exact dates of the matches would be announced in a day or two, Srinivasan added.

Last time Kolkata hosted a Test was in November-December 2007 when India played Pakistan.

South Africa were initially scheduled to arrive here next month for a five-match one-day series.

However, BCCI realised that playing just two Tests in the next 11 months -- both against lowly Bangladesh -- would not be enough to retain India's status as the number one Test team.

The Board then convinced Cricket South Africa to drop two ODIs and squeeze in a couple of Test matches instead.

CSA, which in the past had agreed to host the second edition of the Indian Premier League on a very short notice, eventually agreed to the proposal but asked BCCI to ensure that the team was not made to travel a lot in between matches.

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