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New Lucknow stadium may host India-New Zealand tie on October 29 | Cricket




The recently opened Ekana International Cricket Stadium is likely to host India against New Zealand on October 29. Representatives of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently visited the stadium.

Sources said the BCCI has awarded the third ODI of the home series to the UP Cricket Association (UPCA), but has yet to name the venue. The BCCI is reportedly awaiting the final green light from the ICC and will soon officially award the match to the venue where the Duleep Trophy matches are being held.

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Two other ODIs will be played on October 22 (Mumbai) and October 25 (Pune).

ICC Elite Panel Match Referee Javagal Srinath and BCCI (Cricket Operations) Managing Director MV Sridhar had visited the stadium on Wednesday and appeared visibly pleased with the facilities. Indian Premier League (IPL) president and UPCA manager Rajiv Shukla also seemed impressed with the facilities.

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A BCCI source told the Hindustan Times on Friday that the authorities have enough time to prepare the stadium for the ODI. “There are about 50 days left to complete the work, the stadium is ready to host an international match,” he said.

“We were asked to organize the Duleep Trophy matches at short notice and we accepted the offer. It helped us prepare the venue for international matches,” Ekana Sports City manager said on Friday. Udai Singh: “If we have the chance, we will not hesitate to organize the meeting between India and New Zealand,” he added.

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Chief curator and former head of BCCI’s land and field committee, Daljeet Singh, said there would be no problem conducting the ODI here. “We have the best gaming facilities, including the biggest aiming screen. To organize an international meeting, a few things need to be updated… that shouldn’t be a problem,” he added.

Last season, the stadium hosted its first Ranji Trophy match. The five-day Duleep Trophy final from September 25 is also scheduled here.