Blasts cast shadow over Indo-Aussie Test in Hyderabad

Published: 22nd February 2013 08:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd February 2013 08:41 AM   |  A+A-

Thursday’s deadly blasts could cast a shadow over the second cricket Test between India and Australia scheduled to be held at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium at Uppal here from March 2 to 6. The four-Test series starts at Chennai on Friday.

MV Sridhar, secretary of Hyderabad Cricket Association, says it is too early to talk of cancellation or postponement of the match or shifting the venue. “We have to wait and see,’’ he told Express.

The match was originally scheduled to be held at Kanpur before the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)  shifted the match to Hyderabad, citing construction work at the original venue which was criticised for being under-prepared by a Cricket Australia inspection team.

This unexpected development could put this Test match in jeopardy. However, according to an HCA source, it all depends on how all the Australians will react.

When the Mumbai terror attack took place in 2008, the touring England team returned home before coming back for the Test match series a few months later.

The Australians will consult the BCCI, the Indian Government and their government.

“In all probability, the series will take place under tight security. I think the match will be held as per schedule. There is also a possibility of the venue being shifted. I think we will get a clear picture tomorrow,’’ said the source.

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