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BCCI put Kolkata on standby for Bangladesh Test

By Aditya Pratap Arya -

BCCI has put Eden Gardens on the standby if Hyderabad cricket association steps back from hosting the only Test against Bangladesh starting on 8 February. However, HCA secretary K John Manoj declined such kind of news. Bangladesh will visit India for a bilateral tie for the first time since their introduction in test cricket. One match test series is schedule to play at Hyderabad.

Like most of the other state cricket boards, Hyderabad cricket association (HCA) is also going through a must process. They are amending their constitution after Lodha committee gave a setback to Indian cricket administration. HCA want to conduct a fair election according to the requirements and guidelines of Lodha commission.

The secretary of HCA Manoj said that his association is going ahead with the preparations to host the Test match that would be Bangladesh's first on Indian soil. According to Manoj, the HCA has finalised tenders for the instadia rights and the BCCI curator PR Vishwanath is scheduled to arrive in Hyderabad on Monday to start preparing the pitch for the five-day contest.

"It is unfortunate that such rumours are being floated. There is no truth in it. This is being done only to malign the HCA. We are going ahead with all the preparations for the successful conduct of the Test. It's a matter of pride for us that we are hosting this historic Test," he added to his statement.

As of now, Kolkata can only host this test if Hyderabad stumbles in hosting this match. It is not the first time that Kolkata is being on standby option. During the England test series, Chennai was all set to host the fifth test but the cyclone Vardah came and it destroyed the Chepauk Stadium. BCCI asked CAB for the backup option of that test.

Bangladesh was keen to play this test in Kolkata as it is like their second home. But BCCI gave this match to Hyderabad because of the rotation policy. Kolkata has hosted a test against New Zealand earlier this season. India played a test against Bangladesh in June 2015 in latter’s home. Rain spoiled that test and it ended as draw, first draw between these two neighbors in Test.

Aditya Pratap Arya

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