BCCI working committee begins in New Delhi

Published: Thursday, February 17, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:The working committee meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which would finalise the itinerary for the upcoming series against Pakistan, started in New Delhi on Thursday.

Besides ratifying the final itinerary, the Board is also likely to discuss a host of other issues, including award of television rights, for the high-profile series.

Ahmedabad, a proposed venue to host a Test match in the series between the archrivals, is expected to figure prominently in the meeting after Pakistan's refusal play there on security ground.

The Board has tentatively fixed Mohali, Bangalore and Ahmedabad as the venues for the three Tests while Kochi, Vishakhapatnam, Kanpur, Jamshedpur and Delhi are proposed to host the five One-dayers.

The vexed TV rights issue is also in the agenda for discussion and BCCI is likely to take a decision on the matter. The Board had told the Madras High Court last week that it would not finalise the telecast rights for the series till February 17.

The meeting will also approve the budget for the Pakistan team's tour and approve the appointment of John Gloster as the physiotherapist of the Indian team with effect from February 1.

The meeting will also consider the report of the grounds and wicket committee regarding pitch preparation for matches during the tours of Australian and South African cricket teams in October last year.

It will also discuss recommendations of the umpires committee which met in New Delhi in December last year.

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