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.
“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.