Bangladesh tour gives way to Amsterdam tourney

Published: Monday, April 5, 2004, 20:16 [IST]
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Mumbai:Indian cricket team's proposed tour of Bangladesh in July-August has been postponed indefinitely while Amsterdam would be hosting a Tri-nation One-day tournament involving world champions Australia, India and Pakistan from August 22-27.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary, S K Nair, said from Thiruvananthapuram on Monday that due to the cramped schedule for this year, the tour to Bangladesh has been put-off till next year, while South Africa is likely to tour India to play a seven-match One-day series from November 10 to 30.

"The Board was very keen to send a full strength team to Bangladesh but have decided against it as we don't want our cricketers to be burnt out before an important four-match Test series (at home) against Australia in September.

"Our cricketers, who are in Pakistan at the moment, will get hardly a month's rest after the on-going 40-day tour. The major tournaments this year include Asia Cup in June-July, Tri-nation tourney at Amsterdam from August 22-27, followed by three One-day matches in England before the Champions Trophy, and then we will be hosting the Aussies (four Tests and no One-dayers) and the South Africans (seven One-dayers and noTests) at home," Nair said.

"If the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) agrees to play only the seven One-dayers then we will invite them for a Test series in the beginning of next year," Nair added.

The Indians were scheduled to play two Test matches and three One-dayers in Bangladesh.

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