Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The third Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia could be shifted out of Dharamshala due to incessant rain.

As per reports, the groundsmen are having a tough time getting the pitch ready for the match.

The frequent rainfall in the region has triggered the delay in ground work. However, the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) officials are hopeful that they’ll get the pitch ready in time.

“There is still some work to be done near the side area of the pitch. We are hopeful that things will be fully ready before the match. The HPCA will take a final call soon after the BCCI inspection. We have re-laid the whole surface with proper drainage and have added sprinkles to the ground. Some work is still pending and as three weeks are left, we feel the work will be completed in time,” said an HPCA official.

As per BCCI sources, an inspection team will visit Dharamshala on February 12 and a final call regarding the shifting of venue for the third Test is expected by Monday or Tuesday next week.

“Even if a new venue is decided, the curators will also take time to prepare the pitch and ground in time. Hence the decision regarding the change in venue will be taken soon,” said a BCCI official.

Dharmashala had last hosted a Test match between India and Australia way back in 2017.