BCCI announces packed home season schedule
Kolkata, India - Thiruvananthapuram and Guwahati are set to make their T20 international debuts in a packed 2017-18 home season, the BCCI announced on Tuesday.
Between September and December, India will play 23 internationals - three Tests, 11 ODIs and nine T20Is - against Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka during the crammed home season.
Australia will be the first to arrive and is scheduled to play five ODIs and three T20Is in September-October, following which India will take on New Zealand in three ODIs and three T20Is.
India's home swing will then wind down with a full series against Sri Lanka, comprising three Tests, three ODIs and as many T20Is. This is the second season in a row that India will host more than 20 international games after a record 2016-17 season that saw 13 Tests, eight ODIs and three T20Is being played.
BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said the dates for the three tours had not been finalised yet due to public holidays and other logistics.
While Choudhary said either Kochi or Thiruvananthapuram will host a T20 international against Sri Lanka, Kerala Cricket Association secretary, Jayesh George, confirmed that the Greenfield Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram will stage the match on December 20.
The Barsapara Stadium in Guwahati, which has been a first-class venue, will play host to a T20 international against Australia.
A file photo of the stadium in Thiruvananthapuram