India pulls out of Bangladesh tri-series

Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2001, 20:43 [IST]
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Kolkata: India on Wednesday pulled out of the proposed triangular series in Dhaka in January involving Pakistan and Bangladesh due to 'pressure of the international calendar, according to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Jagmohan Dalmiya in Kolkata. "The pressure of the international calendar before the 2003 World Cup has compelled the BCCI to express its reluctance to participate in the triangular series," Dalmiya said. The triangular series involving India, Pakistan and Bangladesh had been planned at the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting at Lahore earlier in 2001and was proposed to be held in Dhaka from January 3 to 13. The BCCI chief said that a letter expressing India's inability to participate in the tournament has already been sent to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). The series had been planned in view of the long gap between the three Test series and five One-dayers against the English team currently touring India. The English team would be returning home for Christmas and New Year after playing the three Test matches later in December and is scheduled to come back on January 12 to play One-dayers. "The Indian team has a rather hectic schedule before the 2003 World Cup and it would not be fair on the players to participate in a triangular series that is being planned between the Tests and the One-dayers against England," Dalmiya said.

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