Thatscricket - News - ACC accedes to India on Asian Test meet
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: Asia's cricket chiefs have succumbed to pressure from India and agreed Dhaka will not host the Asian Test championships final unless Bangladesh qualifies, officials said on Thursday.The Asian Cricket Council (ACC), headed by Pakistan's cricket chief Tauqir Zia, said in a statement that the final early next year will be hosted by one of the two finalists.India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will contest the second Asian Test championships from September, with each playing the other once in the league with the top two qualifying for the final.Dhaka, which hosted the final of the inaugural Asian championships in 1999, was scheduled to host the title round again from February 15 to 19, irrespective of whether Bangladesh qualified.Pakistan won the 1999 event by defeating Sri Lanka in the final.The Board of Control for Cricket in India's proposal not to have the final at a neutral venue was accepted at the ACC meeting in London on Tuesday."If India meets Pakistan in the final, the match will be held in India since Pakistan will be hosting the league match between the two," the statement said.The ACC, however, turned down India's request to rework the dates of the championships to fit into the hectic schedule of the Indian team.India, which end a tour of Sri Lanka on September 3, is due to play Pakistan in Karachi from September 13 to 17 before hosting Bangaldesh from September 21 to 25.The dates, however, clash with a proposed indoor One-day series between India and Australia at the Colonial Stadium in Melbourne on September 14 and 16, followed by a third match in Brisbane on September 18.The Australian Cricket Board reportedly agreed to shift the One-day series to September 21, 23 and 26, which however still overlaps the India-Bangladesh Test match."It was agreed not to change the dates of the championships since all four teams have a busy schedule," the ACC statement said.Senior Indian officials, who are away in London attending meetings of the International Cricket Council, were not available for comment.