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Dehradun all set to host T-20 cricket series

Statesman News Service | Dehradun |

After long wait, Uttarakhand will finally host the first international cricket match next month. Afghanistan and Bangladesh will fight for supremacy in the three-match T-20 series at the newly constructed Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun. A team of Board of Control for Cricket in India recently toured to inspect the facilities offered at the stadium.

BCCI’s cricket operations manager Mayank Parikh and Afghanistan Cricket team’s manager Nasir visited the Rajiv Gandhi stadium last week. Earlier this year Afghani coach Phil Simmons had visited Dehradun to look into the infrastructure and other facilities offered in the state capital.

According to the official press release of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, “The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have agreed to a three-match T-20 series at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun.

The matches are scheduled for the 3rd, 5th and 7th of June before Afghanistan travel to Bengaluru for the one-off test match against India. All the matches of the T-20 series will start in the evening.”

Last year, Dehradun was selected as venue for a Ranji Trophy match between Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. The tie was to take place from October 24, but it was cancelled in the last minute and venue was shifted from Dehradun to Lucknow. Both, BCCI and Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association just provided a plain excuse of shifting venue- due to infighting among different cricket groups in Uttarakhand.

Now cricket fans are excited about watching an international cricket series.
ACB chairman Atif Mashal said, “ACB is delighted to host Bangladesh for the T-20 series in Dehradun in early June which will be a good opportunity for both sides to play competitive cricket. Similarly, cricket fans have also previously enjoyed games between the two sides and this will be yet another opportunity for them to witness their sides play against each other.” Atif informed this through the press release.