BCCI short-lists 6 venues for Aussies' tour

Published: Sunday, July 18, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Kolkata and Mumbai were among the six venues short-listed to hold Test matches during the home series against Australia and South Africa later this year, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Sunday.

Chennai, Nagpur, Bangalore and Kanpur were the other four venues which will stage the matches, BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya said after the first day of the working committee meeting in New Delhi.

Although the Board announced the six venues, the allotment of the matches in these venues would be decided on the second day of the working committee meeting on Monday.

Dalmiya also said that Hyderabad and Jaipur would be the venues for the warm-up matches.

Australia will play four Test matches during their tour from September 30 to November 7 while the South Africans are scheduled to play two Test matches in November.

The BCCI president said a match against Pakistan has been planned as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Dalmiya discussed about some important decisions taken in the first day of the meeting which included increasing the pension for some former Test cricketers and umpires.

"The major decision taken today (Sunday) was that under the Platinum Pension Scheme, the Test players and umpires who retired prior to 1976 would be getting Rs 10,000 per month instead of Rs 5,000. But those who retired after 1976, would continue to get Rs 5,000," the BCCI president said.

He also announced some changes in the the format of the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy which would now be played on the lines of the Ranji Trophy.

"The Elite and Plate format in the Ranji Trophy is extremely successful. Now the same will be applied to Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy from this year.

"It was decided that two teams instead of existing one team would now qualify for the knock-out stage of the Ranji Trophy One-day tournament.

"It was further decided that the proposal to do away with the toss before the start of matches would not be implemented now and that there would be a financial penalty for pitch doctoring."

Dalmiya gave details about the programmes to mark the 75 years of Indian cricket which included staging of a one-off One-dayer against Pakistan.

"The date for the match against Pakistan has not been finalised. We would be deciding on the venue and date in a few days time," Dalmiya said adding that the game has been named as "Platinum Jubilee Match".

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