Bangladesh will have to put off India tour again

Published: Tuesday, July 12, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Dhaka:Bangladesh's tour of India next October is in jeopardy following a letter send by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to its counterpart in Dhaka in which it was stated that the scheduled time was not feasible.

In all possibility, Bangladesh will have to postpone its tour to India for the second time in six months, according to the Daily Star newspaper in Dhaka, because it will clash with the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Johnie Walker Super Series.

It may be recalled that Bangladesh had originally expected the tour to take place in April, after India's visit to the country in December last year.

"The BCCI informed us that it would not be possible to arrange the series in October due mainly to the Super Series and as well as their two big festivals in this month (Diwali and Dhashara)," said Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Ali Asghar.

"But it is an ideal time for us as we also have international commitments with the other countries."

Asghar added that the ICC had requested all the respective Boards to avoid any kind of clash with the Super Series if their players are involved. The BCB, however, is worried that the tour could be postponed indefinitely, as India has busy international schedules from next November, which begin with a five-match One-day series against South Africa.

"It is a very important tour for us considering financial and other aspects but there is actually hardly any vacuum to reschedule the series," added Asghar. "I will discuss the matter with the Indian authorities when I attend a function in Kolkata on July 16."

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