Itinerary for Lanka would be finalised next month

Published: Tuesday, August 16, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would be finalising the itinerary for Sri Lanka's One-day international series against India in October only after its September 22-23 Annual General Meeting in Kolkata, Board sources said today.

"As per current indications the Tours Programmes and Fixtures Committee would be meeting only after the AGM (to finalise the detailed programme)," the souces said.

The committee is also expected to draw the itinerary for India's One-day series against South Africa in November and the following three-Test series against Lanka in December.

Pending finalisation of the itinerary for the One-day series against Lanka, scheduled between October 25 and November 12. The Duleep Trophy venues have not yet beenchalked out.

The Duleep Trophy, featuring the five zonal outfits and Zimbabwe President's XI, is scheduled from October 20-November 16.

"Since most of the matches in the ODI series against Sri Lanka are expected to be held in West Zone centres, as per the board's rotation formula, the Duleep matches might have to be held in other zones," the sources indicated.

The Indian team, scheduled to depart for the Zimbabwe tri-series and the two-Test rubber against the hosts on August 22, has a heavy schedule in the new year too.

It is set to tour Pakistan to play three Tests and five One-day internationals between January 2 and February 11, 2006 before staying on to take part in the February 14-28 Asia Cup.

On its return the team would play an ODI and Test series at home against England from March 6-April 23.

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