India will play their first twenty20 international cricket match at home against Australia later this year, the Cricket Board announced here on Thursday.
It will be for the first time that the twenty20 format of the game will form part of the itinerary of a visiting team.
The Australian team is scheduled to tour India in September-October and the decision to include the twenty20 format in the series was ratified by the Board's Working Committee which met here.
The meeting drew up the tentative venues for the forthcoming home series against Australia, South Africa and Pakistan.
Australia will feature in a seven-match ODI series, South Africa will play three Tests while Pakistan will play five ODIs and three Tests.
The meeting also decided in principle to share the revenue loss incurred by Nimbus, which holds the TV rights for cricket matches in India, following the government's bill making it mandatory for private broadcasters to share their live feed with Prasar Bharti.
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