Mumbai, Hyd to swap Windies T20I dates: Report

MUMBAI: The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has communicated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), requesting it to swap the first T20I between India and West Indies — scheduled to be held at the Wankhede Stadium on December 6 — with Hyderabad, the venue for the third T20I on December 11.

Though there has not been any official word from the Board on the matter, one of the MCA officials told Sportstar that the Hyderabad Cricket Association has already agreed to swap the game. 

"We have spoken to the HCA and the association's president, Mohammad Azharuddin, has agreed to swap the game with us," the official claimed.

MCA's request for the swap of dates came after the Mumbai police informed the association of its inability to provide security cover for the T20I on December 6. 
Reason: The force would be deployed elsewhere for bandobast duty as the day not only marks Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar's death anniversary, during which millions of his followers congregate at Shivaji Park, but is also the anniversary of the demolition of the Babri masjid in Ayodhya. 

Extra precautions will be taken by the police as it comes soon after the Supreme Court's verdict on the Ayodhya issue.