India vs Windies: Mumbai and Hyderabad swap dates- Here's whyLast updated on Nov 23, 2019, 12:33 pm
The venues of the opening and third T20I between hosts India and visitors Windies have been swapped, owing to security issues, raised by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).
As a result, the opening T20I, on December 6, would now be held in Hyderabad, while Mumbai hosts the third and final T20I on December 11.
Here are further details.
Why this swap?
As per a report, the Mumbai Police refused to provide adequate security on December 6, owing to it being the demolition anniversary of Babri Masjid.
Further, Ambedkar Jayanti celebrations are set to take place on the same day.
Following an official request from the MCA, the board contacted the HCA president Mohammad Azharuddin, who readily considered the request, resulting in this swap.
From where can you buy the tickets?
Although an official confirmation is awaited, it is understood that the ticket holders would not face any problem, due to this swap. As far as the sale of the tickets is concerned, besides the counters at the venues, they can be bought online through Insider.
India coming off a commendable tour of Windies
It was in August when India had toured Windies following the conclusion of the ICC World Cup 2019.
India produced a fascinating performance, as they defeated the hosts 3-0 in the T20Is, followed by a 2-0 win in the ODIs and a 2-0 win in the Tests.
Needless to say, Windies face an uphill task to tame India at home.
India's squad for Windies series
T20Is: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
ODIs: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
India to take on Windies in limited-overs series in December
Below is the complete schedule of the India vs Windies series:
1st T20I: December 6 (Hyderabad)
2nd T20I: December 8 (Thiruvananthapuram)
3rd T20I: December 11 (Mumbai)
1st ODI: December 15 (Chennai)
2nd ODI: December 18 (Visakhapatnam)
3rd ODI: December 21 (Cuttack)