"The ground is in good shape and will be ready for the ODI. It rained a lot these few days but we have all bases covered," Sourav Ganguly, former India captain, told reporters    IANS
“The ground is in good shape and will be ready for the ODI. It rained a lot these few days but we have all bases covered,” Sourav Ganguly, former India captain, told reporters IANS

Kolkata: Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly on Thursday said despite incessant rains in the city, the Eden Gardens will be ready for the IndiaAustralia One-Day International (ODI) expected to be played on September 21. “The ground is in good shape and will be ready for the ODI. It rained a lot these few days but we have all bases covered,” Ganguly, former India captain, told reporters. Earlier, pitch curator Sujan Mukherjee had expressed concern over the preparations getting hampered as seasonal monsoon showers lashed the city with severity in recent weeks. India will play five ODIs against Australia, starting September 17. Virat Kohli‘s boys have been in red hot form, and have thrashed Sri Lanka in their home 9-0 across Tests, ODIs and one Twenty20 international. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Australia 2017, 2nd ODI at Kolkata

Meanwhile, the upcoming India-Australia series, scheduled from September 17 to October 13, will be played as per existing by-laws of the game despite new ICC rules coming into effect from September 28. Virat Kohli and his team will play as per new rules when New Zealand tour India in mid-October. However, the rules will take effect when Bangladesh take on South Africa and Pakistan take on Sri Lanka. The new set of rules pertaining to the code of conduct, DRS usage, and size of the equipment were supposed to be implemented from October 1 but with the twin Test series starting on September 28, it has been decided that it will come to effect from that very date, as reported by PTI.