Thatscricket- Cricket News - Earthquake forces changes in under-19 cricket venues

Published: Monday, January 29, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: India's cricket chiefs on Monday shifted three One-day matches involving the touring England under-19 team out of Gujarat, where a massive earthquake has claimed an estimated 20,000 lives. The three games were scheduled to be played in early February in Baroda, Ahmedabad and Rajkot, the main cities in the quake-ravaged western state, cricket officials said.It is also likely that the three-day tour opener between Steve Waugh's Australia and India A in Baroda, scheduled to start February 19, will be moved to the southern city of Hyderabad."Even though Baroda and Rakjot have not been affected by the quake, it was decided to shift cricket matches from the area," Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official Sharad Diwadkar said. Two of the One-dayers featuring England's under-19 team will now be played in Hyderabad and the third in neighbouring Vijayawada. A decision on the Australian tour opener will be taken in a few days, although the Baroda Cricket Association - home of BCCI secretary Jayawant Lele - has said it could organise the match.BCCI sources, however, insist it would be unwise to host the match in Baroda within a month of the devastating earthquake. The quake, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, struck on the morning of India's Republic Day holiday on Friday.

Copyright AFP 2000

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