Cricket would be the ultimate winner in Amsterdam: Dalmiya

Published: Monday, June 21, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Welcoming the confirmation of the inaugural One-day tri-series in Holland, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Jagmohan Dalmiya on Monday said it would be a new experience for the Indian cricketers to play on Dutch soil from August 21-28.

"Cricket would be the ultimate winner as the top three teams in the world -- Australia, India and Pakistan -- would clash in an exciting contest in Holland," Dalmiya said in astatement in Mumbai. "It will be a new experience for our players on Dutch soil and we are confident that this competition would do wonders to the level of interest for the game in Holland," he added.

Indians will play the opening match against their archrivals Pakistan on August 21 and the world champions Australia the following day. The Aussies will clash with Pakistan on August 25 while the final is slated for August 28, the statement said.

The Royal Dutch Cricket Association president Rene Van Lerschot said the tournament will have enormous impact on the development of Dutch cricket.

"This is a fabulous opportunity for Dutch cricket supporters to see these teams in action in our own country," he added.

Meanwhile, the Videocon Group has secured the event sponsorship rights while the series will be telecast live by Sony Entertainment Television, the statement added.

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