India unlikely to tour New Zealand

Published: Tuesday, January 4, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:India was unlikely to accede to New Zealand Cricket's (NZC) request to fill in for Sri Lanka in a bilateral series, a top Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official said today.

BCCI secretary S K Nair confirmed receiving an invitation from Martin Snedden, chief executive officer of the NZC, and said there was little chance of India making the tour, although a final decision was yet to be taken on the matter.

"Yes, we have received a request from New Zealand Cricket. We have not taken any decision on it, but most probably we will not be going," Nair said over phone.

"A final decision will be taken over the next two days," he added.

Nair said there was a likelihood of the BCCI office bearers holding a meeting around January 15. The venue was yet to be decided, he said.

The BCCI was yet to finalise the itinerary for the upcoming Pakistan series at home, expected to be held in February-March.

The meeting was expected to finalise the itinerary for the three Tests and five One-dayers scheduled to be played during the tour.

Nair also said the BCCI had not received any information from its lawyers with regard to the Supreme Court hearing cases on the Board's annual elections, appointment of Jagmohan Dalmiya as Patron in Chief, and the telecast rights issue.

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