A modern pavilion is under construction at the stadium and is likely to be completed soon © PTI
A modern pavilion is under construction at the stadium and is likely to be completed soon © PTI

Lucknow: After hosting two IPL matches recently, the Green Park stadium in Kanpur will now host a Test match between India and New Zealand, an official said on Tuesday. The match would be the first Test match between the two sides in the forthcoming series and would be played in Kanpur from September 22-26. Indian Premier League (IPL) Commissioner and secretary of the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) Rajeev Shukla who recently visited the Green Park stadium to review the preparations for the match, also informed that a T20 format match between England and India will also be played in Kanpur in February 2017. READ: New Zealand decline pulling out of day-night Test vs India

However, the dates are yet to be decided. With T20s, one-day and IPL matches becoming more popular formats with cricket fans, the UPCA is making special arrangements to attract spectators.

Officials informed IANS that 10 per cent tickets were being reserved for school children and free entry for the differently abled. A modern pavilion is under construction at the stadium and is likely to be completed soon.

There are discussions about India hosting their first-ever day-night Test when New Zealand tours India later in the year. Anurag Thakur, the president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said that the BCCI would use the pink Kookaburra ball for the Test match. “We have decided that we will play one day-night Test match with pink ball against New Zealand later this year. Before that, Duleep Trophy will act as a dress rehearsal for the day-night Test match,” Thakur added.