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Wintry conditions force change in England-India ODI venues

Last updated on: October 18, 2012 17:44 IST

The Board of Control for Cricket in India, on Thursday, made a slight change in the itinerary for the five-match One-Day International series between India and England because of the weather conditions in January.

Dharamsala was scheduled to host the fourth ODI on January 23, while the fifth and final one was to be held at Mohali on January 27. But the dates of the two matches have now been swapped.

Also, the Dharamsala match has been changed to a day game and will begin at 0900 IST instead of the previous timing of 1400 IST, taking into account the wintry conditions in north India.

"These revisions have been made taking into account the cold evening temperatures that will prevail in Mohali and Dharamsala in late January. Since 27 January also happens to be a Sunday, a 'day' game in Dharamsala will give cricket-lovers the best chance to savour the encounter," the BCCI said.

The Mohali ODI timing has also been revised; the January 23 match will begin at 1200 IST.

The session timings of the Mohali ODI are:

First session: 12:00 noon to 3:30 pm

Lunch: 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm

Second session: 4:15 pm to 7:45 pm

England's practice match was also moved from the Mumbai Cricket Association's Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) ground to the D Y Patil stadium, in Navi Mumbai.

England begin their India tour on October 30 with the first of three practice matches, followed by the first Test in Ahmedabad on November 15.

Mumbai hosts the second Test, starting November 23, before the third and fourth Tests at Kolkata (December 3-5) and Nagpur (December 13-17) respectively.

Schedule: England's tour of India, October 2012-January 2013
Date Match Venue Time
Oct 30-Nov 1 Tour Match (3-day) Mumbai (Brabourne) 0930 IST
Nov 3-5 Tour Match (3-day) Mumbai (BKC) 0930 IST
Nov 8-11 Tour Match (3-day) Motera 0930 IST
Nov 15-19 First Test Ahmedabad 0930 IST
Nov 23-27 Second Test Mumbai (Wankhede) 0930 IST
Dec 5-9 Third Test Kolkata 0930 IST
Dec 13-17 Fourth Test Nagpur 0930 IST
Dec 20 First T20I (D/N) Pune 2000 IST
Dec 22 Second T20I (D/N) Mumbai (Wankhede) 2000 IST
Jan 6 Tour Match (50-overs) Delhi 0900 IST
Jan 8 Tour Match (50-overs) Delhi 0900 IST
Jan 11 First ODI (D/N) Rajkot 1430 IST
Jan 15 Second ODI (D/N) Kochi 1430 IST
Jan 19 Third ODI (D/N) Ranchi 1430 IST
Jan 23 Fourth ODI (D/N) Mohali 1200 IST
Jan 27 Fifth ODI Dharamsala 0900 IST