Chennai: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that playing an ODI against England in front of his home crowd in Ranchi will be a big occasion and the entire state is looking forward to it.
"I have never dreamt of playing for India. I think this will be a big occasion. We have a new stadium which is well equipped. We have a five-star hotel also there and an airport. So the players won't have any sort of trouble. The people of Jharkhand are looking forward to the occasion," said the Indian captain during a media interaction here on Tuesday.
On Monday, BCCI had awarded international matches to four new venues – Dharamsala, Pune, Rajkot and Ranchi – during India’s home series against England between November 2012 and January 2013. Pune’s Sahara Roy Sahara Stadium will host a Twenty20 match during England’s tour later this year, followed by one-day internationals in Rajkot, Dharamsala and Ranchi, the board announced after a meeting of its tour, programme and fixtures committee in Mumbai.
England will tour from November to January, playing four Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s. Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Nagpur will host the Tests; Rajkot, Dharamsala, Ranchi, Mohali and Kochi the ODIs; and Pune and Mumbai the Twenty20s. Following that series, India will host Australia for four Test matches in Chennai, Delhi, Kanpur and Mohali.
Meanwhile, exactly a year and a day after India retained World Cup, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the past season had been a "mixed one" for the team. "It was a mixed season for us. We had ups and downs. We won the World Cup, which was very big for us. After that, we did not do well in England and Australia. It is a big season for us. The last T20 game we played was officially the last game of the season. We will get the break after the IPL," said Dhoni.
Asked about his team's goal next season, he said that improving their consistency was key. "We will like to be more consistent wherever we go. It was tough in the sense to play the World Cup at home. Too much of expectations, then you visit the countries where you are supposed to do well and you are hit by injuries. If your batsmen or bowlers are out of form, that also has an impact. This is something every side goes through. In the coming years, we would like to be consistent in whatever format we play," he said.