Cricket: Otago chief keen for region to host third Indian test

Otago cricket chief executive Ross Dykes has expressed interest in hosting a potential third test between New Zealand and India.

India begins of its tour of New Zealand with a twenty/20 match on March 6 and is scheduled to play five one-dayers and two tests.

However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India wants a third test added to the itinerary.

That would mean shuffling the existing schedule and possibly starting the tour a week earlier to accommodate the extra test.

And, if the timing was right, Otago cricket would be one of the first associations to put up its hand, Dykes said from Auckland yesterday.

"It would depend on the timing of it," Dykes said.

"As you know, trying to play cricket in Dunedin in April with dew on the grass and fading light in the evening isn't the best. But suffice to say, if the rejigged programme suits, we would be the first to do so [put a bid in to host the match]."

Dykes said the University Oval had a strip up its sleeve and could easily host the match.

Dykes was in Auckland yesterday watching the Otago-Auckland one-day match and had not heard from New Zealand Cricket regarding a potential third test.

But he was confident the association could host a test despite the short notice.

"We've had two tests now and we know how to accommodate a test. We know our infrastructure is highly satisfactory."

Otago cricket fans have had to endure some pretty miserable weather during matches in the region this summer.

The New Year's Eve one-dayer between New Zealand and the West Indies was rained off and the first test in Dunedin was called off prematurely when rain ended any chance of play on the final day.



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