India will be hosting as many as 23 international matches between September to December 2017 at home. This included three ODIs and three T20Is against Kane Williamson-led New Zealand. The second T20I was scheduled to be played at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack on November 4. However, in a letter from the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) to the BCCI, the state body has expressed that it will be unable to host the match as it marks the first day of the historic Bali Yatra, which begins on the same day. The OCA has requested a swap with any other international match.
OCA working committee chairman said, “Holding an international match at that time at Barabati Stadium will not be possible as more than 10 lakh people throng to witness the yatra necessitating the deployment of more than 45 platoons of police, along with quick action teams and rapid action forces”, according to pragativadi.com.
India will also play a limited-overs series, which comprises of 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is. “There are 23 International matches at home. Three Tests, 11 ODIs and nine T20 Internationals. Each and every venue in India will be covered. Barsapara in Assam and Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram have got Test status. Both are vying for Test matches. Most of the bigger centres want either a T20 International or ODIs,” a BCCI official told PTI. As many as 6 new Test venues will be introduced this in this home season, after the likes of Dharamsala, Ranchi and Indore were introduced in the previous season.