The Maharashtra Cricket Association on Thursday said that there have been some ongoing discussions with the BCCI to shift the venue of the final ODI between India & England which is scheduled to start on March 28 from Pune to Mumbai to facilitate smooth departure of the England squad.
“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 BCCI stated in a media release issued here on Thursday.
Meanwhile it is said that MCA is ready to host three match ODIs between India & England which will be played in March informed MCA’s President Vikas Kakatkar. The day & night matches are scheduled to be played at the stadium in Gahunje on March 23 (Tuesday), March 26 and (Friday) and March 28 (Sunday).
“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.
The release also stated that a final decision about the percentage of spectators will be decided later. The MCA said that it is leaving no stone unturned while preparing for the matches to be conducted.
“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 utilization and other safety and security measures,” the release stated. The Pimpri Chichwad police Commisioner Krishna Prakash and BCCI ACU official also visited the stadium.