Rajkot: Saurashtra Cricket Association's newly-constructed Khandheri stadium will host its maiden one-day international when England visit India early next year to play a five-match ODI series.
"The first ODI match will be played at Khandheri [Stadium] on January 11, 2013 between India and England," SCA honorary secretary Niranjan Shah said in a statement while announcing BCCI tournament programme 2012-13. The remaining four ODIs will be played at Kochi (Jan 15), Ranchi (Jan 19), Dharmashala (Jan 23) and Chandigarh (Jan 27), the release said.
From October 7, 1986 to December 15, 2009, as many as 12 matches were played at the Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground, which is owned by the Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC).
The newly-constructed stadium will host its maiden ODI when India play England on Jan 11, 2013.
Besides the first India-England ODI, NKP Salve Challenger trophy matches and five Ranji trophy matches will also be played at the venue, the release added.
The NKP Salve Challenger trophy will kick off from September 29 this year in which three teams Bengal, India A and India B will be playing against each other in day-night encounters. The final match will be played on October 2. Saurashtra Ranji Trophy team will play five matches at their home ground this season, the release added.