India-Australia fifth ODI likely to be called off

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Refunds will be given if the match is cancelled

The fifth ODI between India and Australia in Cuttack is highly likely to be called off due to heavy rain over the past five days.

“We don’t have the right to call the match off officially,” Odisha Cricket Association secretary Asirbad Behera told PTI. “But we have already announced the dates for ticket refund which obviously means the match has been offically abandoned.”

Behera added that umpires Nigel Llong and S Ravi, along with match referee Roshan Mahanama, will inspect the pitch at 11am tomorrow before officially announcing whether the match will be called off or not.

“It’s likely that the players won’t turn up tomorrow and only the officials would come to make the announcement,” Behera said.

Behera has already spoken to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Narayanaswami Srinivasan about moving the three-day warm-up game between Uttar Pradesh and the West Indies from Cuttack to another location.

“The team is scheduled to arrive on October 29 and looking at the ground condition, it’s impossible to make it ready in time,” Behera said. “I spoke to the president and put forward an official request to shift the practice match.”

Behera also revealed that the Odisha Cricket Association stand to lose Rs 3 crores if the match is cancelled.

However, he is hopeful of recovering the losses through insurance.

“We are hopeful to recover it through the insurance,” he said.

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