BCCI not aware of Indian players~~ plan to play in US

Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is still unaware of a reported plan of five national team members to play in a series of One-day matches alongside Pakistan and Sri Lanka against a Rest of the World selection in the US in June.

"I am not aware of this series, but if there has been a direct communication (from the players) to the BCCI President then I won't know," BCCI secretary S K Nair told PTI from Thiruvananthapuram.

"Anyway the Board's permission for Indian players (now contracted to the BCCI on an annual retainership) to play in such matches depends on a few factors.

"Primary among the parameters is whether these matches have got the sanction of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the officially recognised cricket Board of the host country," Nair said.

A Pakistan newspaper had recently reported that Anil Kumble, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (the lone player not contracted to the BCCI) have agreed to play for a combined Asian team against a World XI squad at the Houston Astrodome as a step towards promoting the game in the US.

The series is to comprise three Limited Overs matches.

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