The third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, scheduled from March 1-5, could be shifted out of Dharamsala as the ground might not yet be fit to host international cricket after a recent renovation. ESPNcricinfo has learned that the BCCI will take a final call over the next few days, based on the outcome of an inspection of the ground to be conducted by the board’s team of experts. The BCCI, it is learned, has already shortlisted a back-up venue, but will only announce that if Dharamsala is ruled out.
The inspection team will determine if the outfield is fit and safe and can withstand the wear and tear that accompanies a Test match. It is understood the outfield is sand-based, which experts say requires a dense grass cover.
While tickets sales have commenced for the second Test of the current series, to be played in Delhi from February 17, they have not been released yet for the final two Tests. The fourth Test is scheduled in Ahmedabad from March 9 to 13.