India to embark early for acclimatisation

Published: Tuesday, September 4, 2001, 0:15 [IST]
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Mumbai: The Indian cricket team for South Africa would leave on September 24 and practice at Johannesburg for five days before its first One-day practice match against South Africa Country Districts on October 1.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) secretary, Jaywant Lele told PTI over phone from Baroda on Monday that this would give the team time to acclimatise themselves to South African conditions. "During my visit to Colombo to witness the third Test match between India and Sri Lanka, I spoke to the Indian coach John Wright, physio Andrew Leipus and Selection Committee chairman Chandu Borde and decided to send the team early," he said. "All of us decided that it would be better to have practice in South Africa than conduct a conditioning in India. The team will be picked here on September 7 for the 66-day tour where they will be playing a triangular One-day series, with Kenya as the third team, and three-match test series against South Africa.  

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