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Venues for India-Aust Test series in doubt

AAP logoAAP 15/12/2016 Warren Barnsley

Australia's Test series in India early next year could be shaken up by the BCCI's reluctance to implement reforms being enforced by the nation's Supreme Court.

The court has ruled the BCCI - the country's governing body for the sport and world cricket behemoth - implement a slew of recommendations to increase transparency and Indian state associations which fail to comply will be barred from hosting international matches.

Australia are due to play four Tests in February and March of 2017 in Pune, Bangalore, Ranchi and Dharamsala.

There's no threat the series won't proceed, but the venues for the Tests may change if the current host associations fall into line with court orders.

"Starting with the series against Australia, matches will be played only in those stadiums whose associations have complied with the panel's recommendations," a Supreme Court spokesman told local media.

"If need be, Jaipur and Nagpur will host all the matches of the series.

"The other state associations have been given enough time to comply but not anymore."

Allegations of self-interest among officials have long plagued the BCCI.

In the wake of corruption scandals at the Indian Premier League, review body the Lodha Committee made a number of recommendations to clean up the body - easily the cricket world's richest.

Proposals included setting a 70-year age limit on office-bearers and a maximum of three three-year board terms.

News Corp Australia reports Rajasthan, Vidarbha and Tripura are the only compliant states, none of which will host any of the four Tests against Australia.

A Cricket Australia spokesman told News Corp the team would play wherever required.

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