BCCI not to shift ODI matches from Mohali, Delhi

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Mar 02, 2019, 12:09 AM IST

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BCCI's acting president CK Khanna confirmed that there has never been any discussion on shifting of venues. 

India's cricket board has said that the final two One-Day International matches against Australia in Mohali and Delhi will not be shifted. 

There were reports that the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) is discussing to shift the venues in the wake of increased tensions between India and Pakistan. 

The reports added BCCI was considering taking the last two ODIs out of the northern region. 

But the cricket board's acting president CK Khanna turned down the media reports. 

The fourth ODI in Mohali is scheduled on March 10 while the fifth game at Delhi will be held on March 13. 

"There is certainly no such plan to shift any of the games from their original venues. I can confirm that both ODIs in Mohali and Delhi, is happening as per schedule," Khanna said. 

"As far as a back up venue is concerned, the BCCI always has alternate arrangements in place in case a venue expresses its inability to hold a game. It was nice of Saurashtra to put their hand up but as of now, it will not be necessary," Khanna confirmed. 

Earlier, tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after Indian fighters bombed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest training camp near Balakot deep inside Pakistan early Tuesday. 

It came 12 days after 40 CRPF personnel were killed when a Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on February 14. 

Following the bombing of the JeM training camp, the Pakistan Air Force carried out retaliatory aerial combat, unsuccessfully targeting several Indian military installations.