Thatscricket - News - ~~Quake tie to be finalised at ICC meet~~
Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2001, 2:45 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2000
New Delhi: India plans to organise a four-nation One-day International tournament in April to raise funds for victims of the devastating earthquake in Gujarat, the country's cricket chief said on Friday.A C Muthiah, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said the likely teams, dates and venues will be finalised on the sidelines of the meeting of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Melbourne this weekend."I will be talking to officials from other countries in Melbourne and explore the possibilities of organising a tournament to raise funds for an important cause," Muthiah said.Muthiah said Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe were likely to be approached to play in the tournament."Everything depends on which teams are available in April," he said.Muthiah sidetracked a question on whether Pakistan, whose offer to play in a fund-raising event in Sharjah this month was rebuffed by the Indian government, would be approached.It remained to be seen how the BCCI adjusts the national team's busy schedule in April to squeeze in the proposed tournament. Australia, which ends a three-Test series in India on March 22, will stay on to play five One-day internationals between March 25 and April 6.The Indians are then due to travel to the United Arab Emirates to play the Sharjah tri-series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka from April 8 to 20.Speculation was rife that the BCCI plans to schedule the fund-raiser in mid-April since it was unlikely to get permission from the government to play the Sharjah tri-series.The January 26 quake killed at least 30,000 people and left some 1.25 million homeless.