The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning to schedule the upcoming six-match white-ball series against West Indies in lesser venues due to the COVID-19 situation. Now, Cricket West Indies (CWI) has also said it is open to the idea of playing the limited-overs series at fewer venues. India has reported over one lakh cases in the past week on daily basis.
Initially, six venues were finalized for the series that comprise three ODIs and as many T20Is from February 6 to 20. Motera stadium was set to host the first ODI, followed by games in Jaipur, Kolkata, Cuttack, Visakhapatnam, and Thiruvananthapuram.
CWI chief Ricky Skerritt revealed that the BCCI has not communicated with them regarding the change in venues but CWI will have no objections if there is change. "A request for such a change has not reached to me as yet. But we accept such operational actions by local boards in the interest of what is best for implementing health protocols," CWI chief Ricky Skerritt told Cricbuzz recently.
Due to the impending threat of COVID-19, the BCCI have already postponed the Ranji Trophy and other domestic matches. According to BCCI sources, the West Indies team are set to arrive in Ahmadabad on February 1. They will undergo mandatory three-day isolation till February 3.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 has once again started to make its presence felt in the cricketing world. Several players from various teams have tested positive, which has resulted in many series or matches being postponed or cancelled.