BCCI to decide on Chennai Test later this week

Meanwhile, the Ranji Trophy match between Jharkhand and Odisha which was supposed to start at Dindigul on Wednesday is being shifted out of the state.

The fifth and final Test is slated to start from December 16 at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.   -  N. Sridharan

The death J. Jayalalithaa, the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, may have put a question mark on India’s fifth and final Test against England, scheduled in Chennai from December 16. BCCI secretary, Ajay Shirke, clarified that the Board is yet to arrive arrived at any decision on a possible postponement of the match.

“We haven’t taken any decision with regard to the Chennai Test match,” Shirke said here on Tuesday afternoon. “It’s a very sensitive decision. We are keeping a close watch on the situation and we are taking the inputs from the local host association as to what is the mood and the sentiment of the people, and based on what evolves, the final decision for the match will be taken.”





With barely ten days ahead of the start of the fifth Test, the BCCI needs to put venues on a stand-by in case the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) expresses its inability to stage the match.

When asked if the BCCI had shortlisted stand-by venues, Shirke said: “We are monitoring the situation almost on an hourly or a daily basis. The BCCI has got a number of alternate venues. In fact, there are new venues which have been added so there is no paucity of venues for hosting a Test match. Again, that should not be read as a decision [of the game] having been shifted.”

Ranji match shifted out

Meanwhile, the Ranji Trophy match between Jharkhand and Odisha which was supposed to start at Dindigul on Wednesday is being shifted out of the state.

Speaking to Sportstar, the BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke on Tuesday said that the venue and date for the match will be announced later after looking at the availability of other venues and the logistics related to shifting of the match out of Tamil Nadu.

The BCCI said: "The Round 9, Group B game of the Paytm Ranji Trophy, between Orissa and Jharkhand, which was suppose to take place in Dindigul from December 7, 2016 will be rescheduled. Fresh venue and dates of this match will be announced soon."