ECB unhappy with India itinerary, say reports

Published: Wednesday, November 2, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:England Cricket Board (ECB) were hoping to convince its Indian counterpart of changing the itinerary for their scheduled visit next year, since the one proposed involved hectic travelling, a newspaper report said.

England were scheduled to play three Tests and seven one-day internationals from March 8 to April 22, 2006.

Ahmedabad, Nagpur and Mumbai will host the Tests while Goa, Indore, Guwahati, Faridabad, Cuttack, Cochin and Visakhapatnam were venue for the one-dayers.

The ECB feel that the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) have treated them unfairly in comparison with Australia who played three of their four Tests in major centres -- Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai -- on their 2004 visit, 'Guardian' reported today.

"The ECB ... Will be discussing it (the itinerary) internally and with the BCCI before responding," 'Guardian' quoted an ECB spokesman as saying.

The ECB were also dismayed at the amount of travelling the team faced, particularly during the ODI segment where remote venues would make it difficult for players' wives and supporters to travel with the team, the newspaper said.

The BCCI, however, has said that itinerary was yet to be finalised and the allotmemnt of an ODI to Goa was subject to that venue being cleared after an investigation into sale of duplicate tickets during a match against Australia in 2001.

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