BCCI unlikely to accept ODI series proposal

Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2005, 18:23 [IST]
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BCCI unlikely to accept ODI series proposal

Thiruvananthapuram :The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today said India was unlikely to agree to the Sri Lankan government-run interim committee's proposal to play a five-match One-day series in India in August immediately after the conclusion of the July-August tri-series tournament featuring India, Sri Lanka and West Indies.

Speaking exclusively to Thatscricket.com, BCCI secretary S K Nair said the packed international schedule makes it difficult for BCCI to give their consent to the Lankan proposal.

"It's very unlikely that we are going to accept the interim committee's proposal. We have a packed international schedule ahead of us," Nair said.

"Anyway, Sri Lanka are scheduled to tour India in November for a Test and ODI series. Prior to that, we have the Zimbabwe tour coming up. So where can we accommodate these series?" Nair asked.

Nair, however said the issue will be discussed at an appropriate forum before a final decision can be reached.

"BCCI will discuss the matter at an appropriate time. We will see what we can do," Nair added.

It may be recalled that the Sri Lankan government-run interim committee, which had been entrusted with the responsibility to run the affairs of the game in the island after the Sri Lankan Cricket was dissolved, had offered a proposal to the Indian board to play the five ODI series in India sometime in August shortly after the tri-series.

The five-match India-Sri Lanka ODI series was first scheduled in late April but had to be put off because of the crisis that rocked Sri Lankan cricket after the country's cricket board was dissolved on account of large-scale financial irregularities.

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