Tri-series scheduling: BCCI hits back at Fleming

Published: Tuesday, November 4, 2003, 23:41 [IST]
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Bangalore: The Indian Cricket Board today hit back at Stephen Fleming for complaining about the scheduling of the ongoing tri-series and said the Kiwi skipper should target his own Board, which had given consent to the itinerary. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary S K Nair said New Zealand's itinerary was finalised after protracted discussions with its Cricket Board. "He (Fleming) should ask his own Board (about the scheduling)," he said. Nair said the New Zealand Board was supposed to consult its players regarding the tour programme.

Fleming was quoted as saying by a New Zealand Website today that the scheduling was aimed to favour hosts India and criticised tournament organisers for making New Zealand and Australia play each other in day matches in difficult conditions. Fleming also said that morning starts had ruined his team's prospects in the tri- series. Rubbishing the allegation, Nair said not all cricket stadiums in the country had floodlight facility and day-night encounters were scheduled on "rotational basis".

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