BCCI proposes 6th ODI to accommodate Ahmedabad

Published: Thursday, February 17, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning to have six One-dayers instead of five to accommodate Ahmedabad as a One-day venue during Pakistan's upcoming cricket tour of India in an effort to resolve the fixture imbroglio.

The BCCI's working committee, which discussed the issue on Thursday, has also proposed Chennai or Kolkata as an alternate Test venue in view of Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) reservations over playing in Ahmedabad which witnessed communal riots in 2002.

"We are planning to have an extra One-day International to accommodate Ahmedabad. While Mohali and Bangalore are confirmed as Test venues, we propose to have the third Test in either Chennai or Kolkata," a top BCCI source said in New Delhi on Thursday.

The working committee meeting is expected to finalise the itinerary for Pakistan's tour, the first since 1999. The Board officials are in touch with their Pakistani counterparts and BCCI president Ranbir Singh Mahendra held telephonic talks with PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan just before the start of the meeting in New Delhi on Thursday morning.

Kolkata has now emerged as a frontrunner to host the third Test as per the rotational policy of the Board.

It also appears unlikely that the working committee will announce the final itinerary on Thursday as the matter was still being discussed with PCB, the source said.

"The venues and dates will be announced in a couple of days after consulting with PCB," he said.

Meanwhile, president of the Gujarat Cricket Association Narhari said that the GCA would have no objection if Pakistan played a One-dayer instead of a Test in Ahmedabad.

"We should have a match in Ahmedabad, that is all we want. Hopefully, PCB will agree to play a One-dayer in Ahmedabad," he said.

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