He said BCCI has asked its Australian counterpart to have this series on a reciprocal basis. "We want Australia to visit India next year". Lele said the terms, conditions and the guarantee money for the three-match series is yet to be finalised.
The BCCI secretary said the Australian consultant to the Board, Geoff Marsh, will submit his report by the end of June and that will be discussed in the next working committee meeting.
In the absence of Marsh's report, technical committee of the BCCI will discuss several other matters regarding domestic cricket. He said the technical committee headed by Sunil Gavaskar has invited three players-Vikram Rathore, Robin Sing (junior) and H Kanitkar- to attend the meeting.
Vikram and Robin are attending the meeting as special invitees, while Kanitkar is out of the country. The three players have been invited as they had played in all the domestic matches last season.
Asked if there will be any change in the domestic cricket format, Lele said the technical committee will discuss the various proposals submitted by the state units and will forward its recommendations to the working committee for the final approval. "On Tuesday the technical committee will go through the proposals it has received and formulate its recommendations," he said.
Asked if he visualised any changes in the format, Lele said, "I can't say any thing, but there may be some new additions, like we have to revive under-19 cricket, this is very important because there is going to be u-19 World Cup after every two years".
The technical committee of the Board consists of Sunil Gavaskar, Chandu Boarde, Kiran More, professor Rathore (former Test umpire) and five zonal representatives. Jaywant Lele is the convener of the committee.
Regarding the new sponsor for the national team, Lele said it would be decided on June 18 at Bangalore during BCCI's working committee.
About England's winter tour of India this winter, he said the visitors will go home for a Christmas break. He said the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had asked for the break after the Tests in December to be back for the One-dayers next month (January 2002).
''BCCI had no objection to this request as our season, which starts in October, is very long and will give some rest to the players,'' he added.