WC 2003 - ICC to consider BCCIs request over reschedule of semis
Published: Friday, March 7, 2003, 22:02 [IST]
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Dalmiya hopes for a reschedule of Durban semi-final
Johannesburg: India will find out later on Friday whether or not its request to have the scheduled day-night World Cup semi-final in Durban switched to a day game has been successful.World Cup executive director Ali Bacher said he would consider a suggestion from BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya for the March 20 match to be switched. Teams fear that the toss could have too much of an effect on the outcome of the game with night-time conditions generally favouring the seam and swing bowlers of the team which has batted first.No guarantees of any switch have been given but Bacher said Thursday that suggestions would be considered. "I have agreed to consider, with colleagues at the ICC World Cup 2003 office, the implications of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) request, and have undertaken to respond to Dalmiya on Friday afternoon with an answer," Bacher said."Mr Dalmiya has assured me that he and the BCCI will accept whatever decision I and my colleagues from the World Cup Organising Committee reach on the matter."Dalmiya said many countries had agreed that a day-night semi-final at Durban on March 20 would give an unfair advantage to the team batting first."We do not want to create any problem for the organisers as the schedule has been finalised two years in advance," Dalmiya said. "If any change has to be made, it has to be with everybody's consent. We are talking to every team involved as well as the organisers and the change will be made only if everybody agrees to it."India is likely to play the semi-final at Durban, where the number two and number three teams from the Super Six will clash.