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OMG! BCCI planning to keep Test cricket away from Delhi?

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 5 December 2017, 16:04 IST

In the series decider match between India and Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground in New Delhi, a high voltage drama was seen as the Sri Lankan players complained that they were feeling uncomfortable due to the pollution of the city.

In both the innings of the third Test match, Sri Lankan players were witnessed wearing the pollution masks. To avoid any such incidences in the future the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is hoping that their rotation policy will help them. If it happens then the audience of Delhi may not get to witness a Test match before 2020.

"BCCI is pitching for their exclusive home season slot in February-March every year. They will only get that slot in February-March 2020 as per the new Future Tours Programme (FTP). Therefore, Kotla may or may not be in line for a Test match before 2020," a senior BCCI official was quoted by PTI.

Feroz Shah Kotla ground has come to questions after Islanders complained that they are having the problem in breathing due to pollution.

"As per the rotation policy, Kotla has now got its Test match and in November it got an ODI. Their turn will not come next year as India will perhaps have at the most one full-fledged series," the official added.

"There are other venues waiting for their turn. Similarly in 2019, when the fresh Future Tours and Programme (FTP) starts, it will take some time for Kotla to get another game," the official said.

First published: 5 December 2017, 16:04 IST