Briefly Cricket: Three-day camp in Mumbai
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Three-day camp in Mumbai
The Indian Test squad, to be picked on Monday for the four-match rubber against England side, will have a short three-day camp at the Brabourne Stadium from November 9-11. "The Test team will be practicing here (Mumbai) from November 9 to 11 every day," sources in the Cricket Club of India said. The opening Test of the series commences at Ahmedabad on November 15, followed by a match at Mumbai on November 23. The teams will then move to Kolkata to play the third Test on December 5 before heading to Nagpur for the final duel on December 13. England, meanwhile, would be playing their second warm-up game at the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai from November 3-5 followed by the third and final preparatory game at Ahmedabad from November 8-11.
Indo-Pak series from Dec 25
A day after the Home Ministry cleared Pakistan cricket team's upcoming tour of India, the BCCI on Thursday announced the schedule of the limited-over series that begins with a Twenty20 international on December 25 in Bangalore. The Pakistan team will touch down at Bangalore on December 22 and will kick-off their campaign against the hosts with a T20 international at the city's M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Schedule: Dec 25: 1st T20 International in Banglaore; Dec 27: 2nd T20 International in Ahmedabad; Dec 30: 1st ODI in Chennai; Jan 3: 2nd ODI in Kolkata; Jan 6: 3rd ODI in New Delhi.
Smith signs with Surrey
South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith has signed a three-year contract with Surrey to captain the English county. Smith, 34, who is currently on tour in Australia with the world's top-ranked team, has captained his country in 94 Tests. As well as being one of the best captains in the modern game, he is a phenomenal opening batsman and will lead by example from the top of the innings, Surrey team director Chris Adams told BBC radio. Smith replaces Rory Hamilton-Brown who has joined Sussex after he was released from his contract. "I am excited about what we can achieve at Surrey going forward and would like to state very clearly that I will balance my new role alongside my continuing commitments to the Proteas and I look forward to continuing to represent my country for many years to come," he said in a statement issued by the county.