England tour of India - Cricket: BCCI, ECB close to finding solution

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore: The cricket Boards of India (BCCI) and England (ECB) were close to finding a solution to the dispute over the number of matches to be played by their teams in each other's countries, BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya said on Sunday.Dalmiya told reporters in Bangalore that the two sides were discussing a package and the problem would be solved in the next two or three days.India has been asking England to play an extra match in the One-day series, which begins after a Christmas and New Year break, and an extra Test when the Englishmen come again in 2004-05 to respect the spirit of reciprocity.England played only three Tests in the just concluded series and is scheduled to play five matches in the One-day series while India is to play four Test matches and at least six One-dayers in a triangular series when it goes on a return tour to England in 2002.India had said it would not play the fourth Test in England unless its demands were acceded to but Dalmiya on Sunday said the two sides were nearing an agreement and discussing a package in which their teams would play similar number of Tests and One-dayers in each other's countries."We are close to a solution," he said. PTI

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