India seeks a venue for New Zealand Test

Updated: 24 October 2010 10:08 IST

India's cricket chiefs were searching for a venue to host a Test match against New Zealand in November after both Kolkata and Kanpur declined.

India seeks a venue for New Zealand Test

New Delhi:

India's cricket chiefs were on Tuesday searching for a venue to host a Test match against New Zealand in November after both Kolkata and Kanpur declined.

The second Test of the three-match series had been allotted to Kanpur, but the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association backed out citing the non-availability of the government-owned Green Park stadium.

The Cricket Association of Bengal also refused an offer from the Indian board to hold the Test, saying Kolkata's Eden Gardens was being renovated for next year's World Cup.

"The renovation work would have to be stopped for some time if we accepted the proposal to host the Test," CAB official Chitrak Mitra said. "We need time to get the Eden Gardens ready for the World Cup."

National cricket board spokesman Rajiv Shukla said the venue for the Test would be finalised soon.

New Zealand are due to play three Tests and five one-day internationals during the six-week tour starting on October 31.

The first Test will be played in Ahmedabad from November 4 to 8 and the third in Nagpur over November 20-24.

Nagpur, the home of Indian board president Shashank Manohar, was added to the itinerary after Mumbai refused to hold a Test at the under-renovation Wankhede stadium.

The Wankhede is the venue for three World Cup matches, including the final on April 2. Eden Gardens is due to host four World Cup games.



Topics : Cricket India
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