Fact check: Will the Barabati Stadium host a T20I between India and West Indies in February 2022?

Cuttack: According to several media reports, the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack will host a T20I between India and the West Indies on February 15 in 2022.

As per the official schedule released by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in February this year, the West Indies will tour India in January and February 2022 for three One Day Internationals (ODI) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20I).

At the same time, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced in March this year that England will embark upon an expanded tour of the Caribbean From January to March 2022 which will see them play three Tests and five T20Is.

This poses a conundrum as one of these tours has to be cancelled for the other to go through.

“Multiple web portals picked up the story from a leading vernacular daily in the state. However, there have been no communications between the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) and the BCCI regarding this,” said a senior OCA official, who wished to remain anonymous.

“Since the West Indies are on paper scheduled to play two different teams around the same time of the year, we have to wait for the BCCI’s Apex Council Meeting on Monday to get proper clarity on the subject,” he added. “Of course we would like the Barabati Stadium to host a match but as of now, there has been absolutely no confirmation that it will.”

The BCCI Apex Council meeting on Monday will have president Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah in attendance. Besides ratification of the proposed fixtures for the next calendar year, pay hike and compensation for players in the severely marred Ranji Trophy season are also on the agenda.

According to the proposed fixtures for the 2021-22 season, Team India will face New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka and South Africa from 17 November 2021 to 19 June 2022.

Proposed fixtures and venues

New Zealand: Three T20Is and two Tests (November 17 to December 7) 

Venues: Jaipur, Ranchi, Kolkata, Kanpur, Mumbai.

West Indies: Three ODIs and three T20Is: February 6 to 20, 2022 

Venues: Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Cuttack, Visakhapatnam, Thiruvananthapuram.

Sri Lanka: Two Tests and three T20Is: 25 to March 18, 2022

Venues: Bengaluru, Mohali, Dharamsala, Lucknow.

South Africa: Five T20Is: June 9 to 19, 2022

Venues: Chennai, Bangalore, Nagpur, Rajkot, Delhi.

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