VCA Stadium at Jamtha will not host any WT20 matches.
Sports Reporter :
VIDARBHA Cricket Association’s Jamtha Stadium has hosted twelve T20 Internationals to date and as many as nine of those were World T20 matches that was held in 2016. Fast forward five years and the venue is not even in the stand-by list of Board of Control for Cricket in India that announced the hosting centres for the WT20 coming up later in the year. The nine shortlisted venues are — Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Dharamsala, Ahmedabad and Lucknow.
The final has been scheduled to be hosted by Narendra Modi Stadium, world’s biggest cricket arena. The number of venues is two more than what India had used for the 2016 edition. Nagpur and Mohali have been left out this time and instead Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Lucknow have been added. India played one of the nine WT20 matches at Jamtha. They lost to New Zealand by a big margin of 47 runs. This was home country’s just second match at the venue. India played their first T20I against Sri Lanka in December 2009 and were defeated by 29 runs. They cut down the deficit to 1-2 by recording a close 5-run win over England in 2017 and squared their tally to 2-2 two years later in 2019 by getting the better of neighbours Bangladesh by 30 runs with seamer Deepak Chahar picking a hat-trick. Jamtha has also hosted two women’s T20Is and India featured in none of those. In the first game, Australia defeat South Africa and three days later on March 21, 2016, New Zealand beat Australia by an identical margin of six wickets. Nagpur played host to IPL matches for a brief period when it was home to Deccan Chargers (now Sunrisers Hyderabad).
We understand BCCI’s situation: Jaiswal GIVEN the conditions prevailing in India and across the globe, it did not come as a surprise for Vidarbha Cricket Association as Jamtha was not preferred to host any World Twenty20 matches. “It was on expected lines and has not come as a surprise to us. Players have to live in bio-bubble these days. We don’t have that big infrastructure to accommodate so many teams at one time. During this crisis, city’s hotels are also turning up as COVID centres (hospitals) and it would have been difficult for us to manage these things. Moreover, there are no direct flights from many cities to Nagpur. This would have caused inconvenience to the players. We have done well in the past hosting big events but this is a different and difficult time and we understand BCCIs’ situation,” said Adv Anand Jaiswal, President, VCA while talking to ‘The Hitavada’. Jaiswal was happy that Ranji Trophy will be played this year. “Our boys could not do much in the shorter format white ball tournaments (Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 and Vijay Hazare One-Day). It is good news for us that Ranji Trophy, that we have won twice, is part of the domestic calendar,” said Jaiswal.