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Jayalalithaa’s death casts shadow over India vs England Test in Chennai

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s death has raised doubts whether the fifth and final India vs England Test, scheduled to be played in Chennai from December 16, will take place.

cricket Updated: Dec 06, 2016 21:16 IST
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People paying their last respects to Tamil Nadu's former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in Chennai on Tuesday. The fifth India vs England Test is scheduled in Chennai from December 16.(PTI)

Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa’s death has raised doubts whether the fifth Test between India and England, scheduled to be played in Chennai from December 16 to 20, will take place at the Chepauk stadium.

In the wake of Jayalalithaa’s death on Monday night, the Tamil Nadu state government announced seven days of mourning and three days holiday for schools and colleges across the state.

The Board of Control for Cricket India said on Tuesday that it is in constant touch with the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association and are monitoring the situation.

People attend late CM Jayalalitha’s funeral at Rajaji hall in Chennai on Tuesday. The city is scheduled to host the fifth and final India vs England cricket Test from December 16 (HT Photo)

“No decision has been taken regarding hosting of the fifth Test between India and England in Chennai from December 16,” said BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke.

“It is a sensitive matter. There are no paucity of venues in case if BCCI has to move the Test. We cannot have a deadline in such a scenario,” he added.

TNCA secretary Kashi Vishwanath told Hindustan Times: “As far as we are concerned, the match will be held in Chennai as per schedule because it will be played after the period of mourning.”

Ranji Trophy tie rescheduled

However, the last league match of the Ranji Trophy in Tamil Nadu, between Jharkhand and Odisha in Group B, initially scheduled for December 7 at the NPR College Ground in Dindigul has been rescheduled. Fresh dates and venue will be announced soon.

India are currently leading the five-match series against England 2-0. The MA Chidambaram stadium last hosted a Test match against Australia in 2013 which India won by eight wickets.