MUMBAI: The New Zealand series will mark the beginning of Star India's partnership with BCCI after the former secured the media rights last month with a Rs 38.51 billion bid following a tight bidding process which involved rival Multi Screen Media (bid Rs 37 billion).
The BCCI has finalised the fixtures and venues for the first two series involving New Zealand and England. India will host three major international series from August 2012 to March 2013, involving ten Tests, five ODIs and four T20 Internationals.
The series between India and New Zealand will be played from 23 August-11 September, and feature two Tests and two T20 internationals. The first Test will be played at from 23 August at Hyderabad while Bangalore will host the second Test from 31 September.
The two T20 Internationals between the two teams will be played on 8 and 11 September at Vishakhapatnam and Chennai.
The India-England series, the broadcast rights of which are also with Star, will comprise four Tests, two T20 Internationals and five ODIs, from 15 November 2012 to 27 January 2013.
The Tests and T20s will be played in 15 November-22 December which will also mark the international debut of newly built MCA Subroto Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune, which will play host to the second T20 International.
The first Test will be played at Ahmedabad from 15 November while Mumbai will host the second Test starting 23 January. Kolkata and Nagpur will host the third and fourth Test from 5 and 7 December respectively.
The England team will fly home for Christmas, and return in the new year for a five-match ODI series to be played from 11-27 January. The series will feature the international debuts of as many as three venues, in the cities of Rajkot (new stadium), Ranchi and Dharamsala.
Source: Indian Television News