Australia Super Series, new media protocol decided: Nair

Published: Saturday, July 3, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai :Australia would play host to the proposed International Cricket Council (ICC) Super Series comprising a one-off Test and a best-of-three One-day International contest between the top team or teams in the world in the two formats of the game and the Rest of the World in October 2005.

This was one of the decisions taken at the series of meetings of the ICC in London, according to the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), S K Nair, who returned home on Saturday after attending them.

"The itinerary for the series has been approved by ICC," he said.

Nair said in Mumbai that another major decision taken at the meeting of the chief executives of the various cricket Boards, to be put forward to the world governing council's executive board for its approval, was to put in place a minimum standard of media protocol.

"This means that for all international matches conducted across the globe, things like standard media accreditation process and structured access to players would have to be adhered to. This will replace the existing procedures followed by some Boards now in these matters during international tours," Nair explained.

"This suggestion has been done for the mutual benefit of the stakeholders in the game, the Boards, the players and the media so that all their needs are met," Nair said.

"These will be done on the lines similar to those followed during the World Cups and Champions Trophy events," the BCCI secretary added.

"This is only a recommendation and has to be approved by the executive board at its next meeting," Nair said.

Nair also said that the representatives of the cricket Boards from Asia and Africa met on the sidelines of the ICC meetings and decided to form the Afro-Asian Council for cricket to develop the game further in the two continents.

"Jagmohan Dalmiya has taken over as the president of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and the individual Boards of the African countries and the ACC have forged a tie for better interaction between the countries from these continents," Nair said.

"A working paper has been drafted and on the basis of which a strategy to take things forward would be chalked out by the newly formed body," the BCCI secretary added.

Meanwhile, the BCCI working committee meeting, scheduled for July 18 and 19 in New Delhi would decide, among others, the staging centres for the six Tests conducted by the Board during the first part of the new season, Nair said.

India are scheduled to host four Tests against Australia and two against South Africa in October-November.

Nair also said that the India 'A' team for the forthcoming twin tours of Zimbabwe and Kenya would be selected at Chennai on July 7. On the same day the national squad for the July 16-August 1 Asia Cup will also be chosen by the national selection committee.

Nair was non-committal on some Indian players defying the BCCI and ICC directive not to play in the Super20 league in the USA organised by an expatriate Indian businessman. "We have to first get details before deciding on the matter," he said.

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