Lamb authorised to break deadlock with BCCI

Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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London: The England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) chief executive Tim Lamb has been given full authority by its management board to conduct urgent negotiations with India over its threat not to play the fourth Test on next summer's tour of England. Lamb was given the mandate to conduct talks with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after the ECB management board met in London on Monday to break the deadlock over the number of matches to be played by India during its tour to this country in 2002. Lamb briefed the management board about his recent trip to India where he had discussions with BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya and secretary Niranjan Shah. Lamb also presented a report on his discussions with the English players over the issue. The management board was to decide on the Indian demand for playing an extra One-day match when England return to the sub-continent after a Christmas and New Year break following the three-match Test series. India has asked England to play a sixth One-dayer to compensate for an extra Limited Overs match that it has to play in a triangular series, also involving Sri Lanka, on its return tour. India also asked England to play five Tests instead of the scheduled four when England visits its country again in 2004-05 to compensate for the fourth Test it has to play in England next summer. England said it was not possible demands since its team had a very hectic schedule and also because the original schedule had already been agreed to by the previous dispensation of the BCCI. Extras:
ECB meets to break deadlock with BCCI

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