BCCI proposes ODI in Ahmedabad, Test in Kolkata

Published: Thursday, February 17, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Ahmedabad was on Thursday scrapped as a Test venue during the forthcoming Pakistan tour with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suggesting an additional One-day match there as a possible compromise following Pakistani reservations over playing in the Gujarat city.

With Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) likely to give its reply to Indian proposal by Friday and the tour itinerary yet to be finalised, the start of the tour is most likely to be delayed by a week. Under the original schedule, Pakistan were slated to arrive on February 25 to play three Tests, including one in Ahmedabad and five One-dayers.

After a breakfast meeting with visiting external affairs minister K Natwar Singh in Islamabad, PCB chief Shaharyar Khan spoke to the BCCI president Ranbir Singh Mahendra before the start of the working committee meeting and suggested Mumbai as an alternative Test venue.

Shaharyar sought a counter-proposal from BCCI within 24 hours, indicating that PCB continued to have reservations over playing in Ahmedabad, the scene of communal riots three years ago.

After a day-long BCCI meeting, Mahendra told reporters that the Board has proposed to Pakistan that an additional One-dayer be played in Ahmedabad, shifting the Test venue to Kolkata as per the rotational policy of the Board.

"In view of this, the itinerary of the Pakistan cricket team's tour of India would have to be revised appropriately. Their (PCB) approval is expected by tonight or tomorrow," he said adding the tour may be delayed by four-five days.

A media release of the BCCI said it could be seven-ten days.

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