15 Sep 2010

Hyderabad offers to have second test against New Zealand

6:06 am on 15 September 2010

The Indian city of Hyderabad has volunteered to host the second cricket test against New Zealand in November after Kanpur and Kolkata made themselves unavailable.

Both cities say they're stadiums are still involved in renovations ahead of next year's World Cup.

The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, on the eastern outskirts of Hyderabad, has staged three ODIs since 2005 and was conferred Test status by the BCCI and the ICC in June this year.

The two confirmed venues for the India-New Zealand Test series are Ahmedabad and Nagpur.

The series has been dogged by scheduling issues starting in July when the Mumbai Cricket Association backed out of staging the third Test, due to the renovation of the Wankhede Stadium for the World Cup in July, followed by Kanpur's constructions problems earlier this week.