India vs West Indies: BCCI changes venue for 2nd ODI from Indore to Visakhapatnam

New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday announced that the venue for second ODI match between India and West Indies will be Visakhapatnam’s, Dr  Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA–VDCA Cricket Stadium.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in its statement did not reveal why the venue for the second match has been changed. However, the shift in venue could possibly be because of the tussle between the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) and BCCI over the distribution of tickets.

As per the new BCCI constitution, 90 per cent tickets of the total capacity of the stadium must be put on public sale, which effectively leaves 10 per cent of complimentary tickets left with state units.

In this case, Indore’s Holkar stadium has the capacity to accommodate 27,000 fans and MPCA was left with 2700 complimentary tickets.

The BCCI also demands its share of free passes for its sponsors and thus the bone of contention.

The clamour for free passes during international games has always been an issue with BCCI affiliated units.

The match was earlier scheduled to play at Indore’s Holkar Cricket Stadium on October 24th 2018.

The revised schedule for the ODI series is as follows:

Date Match Venue
21st October 1st ODI Guwahati
24th October 2nd ODI Visakhapatnam
27th October 3rd ODI Pune
29th October 4th ODI Mumbai
1st November 5th ODI Thiruvananthapuram
West Indies are set to play two Tests, five One-Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals against India in a month-long tour starting from October 4 to November 11.

The ODI series between India and West Indies will commence on October 21 and conclude on November 1.

The First Test series between the two teams is scheduled to start on Thursday.