Thatscricket - News - BCCI await govt nod for charity series

Published: Sunday, February 4, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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"We are applying to the government on Friday to let the team play in Sharjah," Lele said, adding he believed the government would grant the permission.The government had, in November, stopped a planned tour of Pakistan by anIndian cricket team and banned sporting contacts with Islamabad till it created a "conducive atmosphere" for such exchanges.The triangular series was proposed by the Asian Cricket Foundation (ACF), which is headed by Jagmohan Dalmiya of India, who was the former head of the International Cricket Council (ICC), at its meeting in Lahore on Thursday.Reports received here had quoted Dalmiya as announcing after the meeting that the cricket boards of the three countries had agreed in principle to send their national sides for the charity matches.If the tour goes ahead, it will clash with the Indian team's preparatory camp for the upcoming series against Australia, scheduled to be held from February 6 to 10 at Chennai. The series against Australia begins with a match at Mumbai from March 27. But before that, the Australians will play two warm-up matches - against India "A" (February 17-19) and against Ranji Trophy winners Mumbai (February 22-24).However, Lele felt that the Indian team's preparation would not be hit by the triangular series. "No, it will not be affected," he insisted.The tour, if cleared, will also affect the Limited Overs Challenger Series that is likely to be played from February 12 to 16. This tournament will form the basis for selecting the Indian team for the Limited Overs Series against Australia, which will follow the three-Test series.India Abroad News ServiceExtras:
Relief: India, Pak to play in tri-series

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