Australia to look into my proposal: Gilchrist

Published: Monday, November 17, 2003, 0:20 [IST]
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Kolkata: Aussie vice-captain Adam Gilchrist on Sunday said that his country's cricket Board has promised to look into his proposal for holding a match between Australia and India to celebrate January 26, which holds great historic importance for both the nations.

Gilchrist said he had discussed the matter with Cricket Australia chairman Bob Merriman, who said that the matter was worth considering. ''Though Bob did not say anything concrete, he commented that the matter was worth looking into,'' Gilchrist told newspersons.

He said that the idea has also been floated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Gilchrist had proposed last month that India and Australia give their "history, tradition and strong rivalry" a boost by playing each other on January 26, the day India celebrates its Republic Day. The Kangaroos observe the day as Australia Day.

Gilchrist said as Australia were scheduled to play Zimbabwe on January 26 next, the Gavaskar-Border Trophy could be started from subsequent years.''The international calendar is very crowded. So, the match can be played every two, three or four years,'' the Aussie wicketkeeper batsman said. Gilchrist had suggested the match could be on the lines of the Gavaskar-Border Trophy and named after the two icons of modern day cricket Steve Waugh and Sachin Tendulkar. Gilchrist also said that the match be alternately hosted by India and Australia.

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