India might play Tests with SA in November

Published: Thursday, June 3, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai :The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is trying to squeeze in a few Tests along with One-day Internationals (ODIs) when South Africa visit the country this winter.

"Because of the tight schedule of the teams, the best option is to try and play Tests and ODIs in November," BCCI secretary S K Nair said.

"We have suggested to the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA)that the series should comprise Tests as well as ODIs and areawaiting a reply," Nair said.

The BCCI secretary was reacting to news reports from South Africa that said the UCBSA had rejected the Indian proposal to split the tour into two - one involving ODIs and the second featuring only Tests at a later date.

"Nothing is finalised yet. We are awaiting a reply from them before our tour programmes and fixtures committee will meet to chalk out the calendar for the season. It should be ready by the end of this month," he said.

Nair explained that the problem is BCCI cannot schedule the South African tour in October when the Proteas are free from international commitments as India's four-Test series against Australia is scheduled at that time.

"And South Africa are hosting England in December, so the programme is pretty tight. The Australian schedule, encompassing a warm-up game, two Tests, a gap of four-five days and the remaining two Tests, is more or less fixed. We only have to give finishing touches," Nair added.

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