Tour matches cancelled to avoid burnouts: BCCI

Published: Saturday, June 19, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata :The Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) decision to cancel the two One-day warm up games during the Indian team's tour of England from late August was aimed at preventing the players from burnout, Board sources said on Saturday.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had requested India to play the two warm up games against County sides Somerset and Leicestershire ahead of three One-day matches against England for the NatWest Challenge Trophy.

''ECB had given us the offer to play the two matches provided we do not reach the final of the tri-series in Amstelveen. But we decided against it to protect our players from burnouts as the Indian team has a very busy schedule,'' the sources said.

India, who begins a punishing schedule with the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka involving five other teams from July 16 to August 1, are slated to participate in a triangular series involving Australia and Pakistan in Amstelveen, near Amsterdam, from August 21.

The team will then reach England on August 29 for the NatWest Challenge.

The scrapped fixtures were scheduled to take place against Somerset at Taunton on August 26 and two days later against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

Now, India will play three One-day Internationals against England at Trent Bridge on September 1, at The Oval on September 3 and at Lord's on September 5.

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