New Delhi: Not withstanding to the denial issued by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday maintained that ECB has agreed to its demand for playing an extra One-dayer in January 2002.
Contacted in Bangalore on Wednesday, BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah refused to say anything more than "let's leave it at that".
However, a BCCI official said that while ECB had agreed to play a sixth One-dayer on its team's return in India after Christmas and New Year holidays, discussions were still on regarding India's demand for an extra Test during England's tour of India in 2004-05.
A London report on Tuesday quoted an ECB spokesman as saying, "Nothing has been agreed. We are still in ongoing discussions." Shah had said on Tuesday that BCCI would like to play the match on January 19 before the Kolkata One-dayer either at Cuttack, Baroda or Rajkot.
However, the exact date and venue would be known shortly as ECB wanted the team, which will comeback here on January 12 after a Christmas and New Year break, to play the sixth tie on February 5 after the Mumbai match on February 3, 2002.
Shah said ECB had written to him expressing readiness to play a sixth One-dayer. BCCI was also trying to get a five-Test series during England's tour of India in 2004-05.