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Australia wants Test venue moved

Australia is pushing to have a Test during its impending tour of India moved from the northern industrial city of Kanpur. It has told the Board of Control for Cricket in India the venue is not up to scratch for international cricket.

A reconnaissance team from Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association concluded that the facilities at Green Park in Kanpur, which has not hosted a Test since 2009, were unsuitable. The match is likely to be moved to Hyderabad but there are political hurdles to be cleared in India before that can happen.

"Neither the ACA or Cricket Australia is keen on playing in Kanpur. We've made that known to the BCCI but we haven't received a definitive response yet," said the chief executive of ACA, Paul Marsh.

"The change-room facilities are not up to international standard and there are various issues with the outfield and the pitch. The main thing is there are certain facilities they haven't got that we would expect to be in place for international cricket."

Green Park is the only Test venue in India owned by the state government rather than the cricket board.

The Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association is likely to be compensated with another match, probably a one-day fixture, if the Test is moved.

It's understood the pre-tour inspection team was also unhappy with the only five-star hotel in Kanpur, and thought the one and a half-hour drive to the town of Lucknow was too long a commute.

Cricket Australia declined to comment. The four-Test series in February and March, Australia's last Test series before the Ashes, also includes Delhi, Mohali and Chennai.

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