The Dr Bhupen Hazarika Cricket Stadium in Guwahati ( Barsapara Cricket Stadium) is set to make its T20 international debut in the packed 2017-18 home season, the BCCI announced yesterday. Between September and December, India will play 23 internationals – three Tests, 11 ODIs and nine T20Is – against Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka during the crammed home season.
The Barsapara Stadium in Guwahati, which has been a first-class venue, will play host to a T20 international against Australia.
The multipurpose Nehru Stadium in Guwahati had hosted 14 international matches between 1983 & 2010. I t also hosted many matches of top domestic cricket tournaments like Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Deodhar Trophy. The stadium holds 15,000 people at most and was built in 1962. In football it regularly hosts prestigious Bordoloi Trophy. The stadium also hosted Santosh Trophy and Federation Cup tournaments.
This came after a two member team of BCCI visited the stadium on the 29th of April this year and confirmed that it i0s ready for international matches. The stadium which cost Rs. 260 crore for construction has been regarded as one of the best in the country. It has also hosted around 17 Ranji Trophy matches since 2013-14.