BCCI lines up under-19 and ~~A~~ team tours

Published: Saturday, September 3, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:The Board of control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has lined up several Under-19 and 'A' team tours at home and abroad for the next three years, BCCI joint secretary Goutam Dasgupta said here today.

Dasgupta, who was in Dubai last week to attend the ICC conclaves on umpires and future tours programme along with BCCI secretary S K Nair, met the representatives of other ICC Full Member countries to finalise the tours.

While Zimbabwe Board president's XI would participate in this year's Duleep Trophy slated between October 20 and November 16, the premier domestic tournament would feature the'A' teams of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand in the tournaments in 2006, 2007 and 2008, respectively.

Dasgupta said the 'A' teams of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand would also play five One-day matches against their Indian counterparts during their visits.

The Australia Under-19 team would visit India from September 19 to 28 to play five One-day matches against India, it was stated in a press release.

The India Under-19 team too has a number of tours lined up. The India Under-19 team is scheduled to tour England in July-August 2006, New Zealand in January-February 2007, SouthAfrica in October-November 2007 and Australia in January-February 2008.

South Africa 'A' team would visit India to play three four-day and five One-day matches in March-April 2007.

Dasgupta said the next edition of the Under-19 World Cup would be played from February five to 19, 2006, in Sri Lanka.

To prepare for the event, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC)would conduct an Afro-Asian Under-19 tournament featuring teams from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, SouthAfrica and Zimbabwe.

The tournament would be played between November 19 and 27 in Visakhapatnam.

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