Off The Field

Mohali to host fourth ODI of India-Australia series starting next month

Written by Vishwas Gupta

As Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the schedule for an Australia tour of India starting next month, I S Bindra PCA Stadium, Mohali, was selected as the venue for the fourth One Day International (ODI) of the five-match series. The ODI will be a day-night match starting at 130 pm on March 10.

R P Singla, honorary secretary of Punjab Cricket Association, said it’s a mater of great pride that the I S Bindra PCA Stadium will host its 25th ODI match in its more than 25-year-long history. “As per the BCCI’s rotation policy, we were due for an international match and the fact that it will be the 25th ODI match at the stadium will make this occasion extra special. The construction of the new stadium in Mullanpur has also been going on and it will be ready to host international matches from 2020. Before that, we hope to get some more matches at this stadium. We will soon form an organising committee for the match to be played on March 10 after consultation with Punjab government and the local authorities and I am sure it will be memorable moment for the cricket fans in the region,” shared 65-year-old Singla.

Apart from 24 ODI matches, the I S Bindra PCA Stadium has so far hosted 13 Test matches and four T20s. The 27,000-capacity stadium had hosted an international match last in December 2017 when India faced Sri Lanka in the second match of the ODI series. The Indian team has scored 10 wins out of 15 ODIs at the stadium, including the 141-run victory over Sri Lanka during their last match in 2017.

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