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ECB to seek legal options to compel India

Published: Sunday, December 9, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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London: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is exploring legal options to force India to agree to its commitment of playing four Test matches on its return tour of England next summer.
ECB was also looking for alternative teams to play a one-off Test in case India did not eventually play the fourth Test scheduled at Oval in early September, The 'Sunday Times' reported on Sunday. "We have started to think about contingency plans," ECB chief executive Tim Lamb was quoted by the newspaper as saying. "But as far as we are concerned, we have a binding commitment with the BCCI and intend them to keep them to it." India has said it would play the fourth Test only if England agrees for an extra One- dayer in January. The ECB management board is meeting in London on Monday to take a final decision on whether or not to accede to the Indian demand. "We have to play India next summer to fulfil our obligations under the futures tours programme, so if we were to play a three-match series, we would look to play a one- off Test match against another country," Lamb said. West Indies was reported to be the front-runners to play as the substitute team in the match for which tickets worth five lakh pounds have already been sold. ECB is expecting revenue of 50 lakh Pounds from gate receipts, television contracts and sponsorship deals for the match.

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