First T20I between India and West Indies won’t be shifted out of Mumbai: MCA sources
There were rumours that the first T20I will be shifted from Mumbai to another city.
Updated - Nov 22, 2019 1:13 pm
India are set to encounter West Indies in the three-match T20I series, starting from December 6. Virat Kohli and his troops are currently gearing up for the second Test against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. For the first time, India will be playing a Day-Night Test match with the pink ball.
West Indies, who suffered a 2-1 defeat in the recently-concluded T20I series against Afghanistan, will be eager to topple India on their home soil. West Indies are termed as ‘dark-horses’ of the shortest format of the game. It will be interesting to see how Kieron Pollard and Co fare against an in-form Indian team. Amid the excitement of the T20I series, uncertainty over the first T20I is a concern for many fans.
There were rumours that the first T20I will be shifted from Mumbai to another city due to Maharashtra Cricket Association’s inability to deploy adequate police force for the game. However, the MCA, on Thursday revealed that as of now, there is no plan to shift the match out of the city.
“We are meeting with the police in this regard and we are waiting for the clearance from their side. As of now, there is no change in plan. Everything is per schedule,” an MCA source was quoted by Deccan Chronicle.
Wankhede Stadium will host the first T20I
The first T20I would be played on December 6 at the Wankhede Stadium. December 6 is also the death anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and many people would be coming out in big numbers to celebrate the occasion. After the T20I series, the Men in Blue are scheduled to face West Indies in a three-match ODI series starting from December 15.
After the first T20I in Mumbai, the second and third T20I will be hosted in Thiruvananthapuram (December 8) and Hyderabad (December 11). The team will be announced while keeping in mind Rohit Sharma‘s workload in T20Is. The right-hander played close to 60 competitive matches (including IPL) in 2019.
One major topic of discussion will also be Rishabh Pant’s inclusion in the squad. The youngster, who has failed to create an impact, has been criticised for his poor selection of shots. Sanju Samson is also in contention to replace Pant.