3rd India vs England ODI Could Be Shifted To Mumbai To Ensure Smooth Departure: Maharashtra Cricket Association

3rd India vs England ODI Could Be Shifted To Mumbai To Ensure Smooth Departure: Maharashtra Cricket Association

MCA[photo: Inside Sport]

The Maharashtra Cricket Association on Thursday told that the BCCI could shift the final ODI between India and England on March 28 from Pune to Mumbai to make sure England departs smoothly. The Mumbai Cricket Association also made it clear that it is ready to host three One day Internationals in the month of march between India and England.

As of now, the three one-day internationals will be held in Gahunje on March 23 (Tuesday), March 26 and (Friday), and March 28 (Sunday) respectively. India and England are involved in a four-match test series now with the series well poised at 1-1. The third Test will be a pink ball match in Ahmedabad starting from February 24 and India desperately needs a win and a draw to qualify for the world Test championship finals.

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India. Credits: BCCI

“A final Decision Is To Be Taken” – Maharashtra cricket association

The Maharashtra cricket association told that the discussion is still going on to shift the final ODI to Mumbai, and a final decision will be taken on the matter soon. The shifting of matches to Mumbai will make sure that the visiting team departs smoothly without any hindrance. Also, the MCA was happy that the three pitches at the ground will be used on the back-to-back matches.

There has also been some discussion that one of the matches, (last match on the 28th) may be shifted to Mumbai, to facilitate the teams’ departure from Mumbai to the UK, but the final decision in this regard is awaited,” the cricket body stated in a media release issued here on Thursday.

“As there are three matches that are planned, with back-to-back matches, the stadiums 3 main wickets, will find excellent use with each match being played on a fresh wicket,” the release added

indian ODI side
Indian ODI side[photo: India Tv News]

Maharashtra cricket association Hints On Spectators Entry

The Maharashtra cricket association also told that they are looking at all possible ways to provide the best facilities through the pitches as well as spectators arrangements in regards to the state government rules. The release added that all the security measures will be taken on bringing spectators to the ground.

“In the meantime, the association is leaving no stone unturned to provide the best facilities in terms of wickets, spectator arrangements, as well as making and following all final announcements that the state government will issue in this regard in connection to stadium capacity utilisation and other safety and security measures,” the release stated.

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Maharashtra cricket association[photo: Times of India]
The percentage of spectators haven’t been finalized yet and a decision on it will be taken at a later date