The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) acting president –CK Khanna, on Wednesday, asked the Board's secretary to arrange a meeting of the Tour and Fixtures Committee to confirm the selection of Bengaluru as the venue of the historic Test match between India and Afghanistan in June.
On Tuesday, the BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary had announced that Bengaluru will host the first-ever Test match between India and Afghanistan from June 14-18 after having a meeting with Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB).
According to a report in BCCI.TV, Khanna said in a letter to Choudhary, "I write to you not about the selection of the venue but about the process involved. I am neither judging nor questioning the choice of the venue or quality of the decision taken by you but the same should have been done at the appropriate forum. You are well aware that the decision with regard to allocation of matches lies with the Tour, Programme and Fixtures Committee of the BCCI.”
Khanna concluded by saying, “In these circumstances, your announcement of a venue without the same being discussed and decided in a meeting of the Tour, Programme and Fixtures Committee is not appropriate. It now becomes imperative for us to lend sanctity to a decision that has historic significance. Accordingly, I advice you to convene a meeting of the Tour, Programme and Fixtures Committee of BCCI on 31st January, 2018 at 11.00am in Delhi to discuss, decide and/or ratify the venue for the first ever Test Match to be held between India and Afghanistan which the BCCI is to host.”