The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has cleared all the confusion and controversy over the venue for the final ODI between West Indies and India. The Greenfield International Stadium in Kariavattom, Thiruvananthapuram will host that particular ODI which will also mark an end to the ODI series which will be a 5 match affair.
India is scheduled to host the West Indies for the two Tests, five ODIs and three T20 internationals in between October and November and the issue was only for the final ODI that is scheduled to host by the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) on 1 November 2018. It will be a Day/Night affair on the Kerala Piravi Day.
As per reports in The New Indian Express, KCA secretary Jayesh George confirmed, “We have received an email from the BCCI Tours and Fixtures Committee, which confirmed that the state will host the fifth ODI in the India-West Indies series.”
Noteworthy, a lot of debate circled around over the venue as KCA wanted to host the match at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi, which is actually a football stadium presently and due to which many footballers, politicians and cricketers, opposed the state associations’ decision.
Following the objection from many, the KCA had to change their plan and agreed to host the West Indies for the final ODI in Thiruvananthapuram.
At the moment, Indian team is preparing for the one-off historic Test against Afghanistan to be held at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru from 14 June (Thursday). Following the home Test, the Men in Blue will travel to England for a full series, 5 Tests 5 ODIs and one T20I.