The much anticipated Border-Gavaskar trophy is where India thrashed Australia in the first test match in Nagpur. Following the test victory, certain news emerged that the third test scheduled between the 1st and 5th of March might suffer a shift in venue from Indore to Dharamshala. Now, the official confirmation came from the BCCI regarding the same. The third test match will be held in the Holkar stadium in Indore.
India vs Australia’s third test match is to be held in Indore and not Dharamsala
The statement from BCCI on Monday morning confirms that the third test match of the Border-Gavaskar trophy will be entertained by the Holkar stadium in Indore. According to several reports on Sunday, the HPCA stadium, which has hosted only one test match so far, will be unable to organize the scheduled third test due to some renovation work going on. This further indicates a second international game in Indore within a span of fewer than two months.
The BCCI’s official statement read,
“The third test of the Australia tour of India for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, originally scheduled to take place at the HPCA stadium, Dharamshala, from March 1st to 5th March, has now been moved to the Holkar stadium, Indore. Owing to harsh winter conditions in the region, the outfield lacks sufficient grass density and will need some time to develop fully.”
The aesthetic cricket ground misses the third test
Following harsh winter conditions in the region, the HSPA relaid the complete outfield after the monsoon. As a result, it delayed their preparations for the scheduled third test between India and Australia. Due to such conditions, Himachal had their Ranji games in the Nadaun Stadium throughout.
An anonymous HSPA official was still hopeful that BCCI’s inspection might go successful in keeping the test match there. However, the recent confirmation says it all.