Busy weekend for new BCCI office bearers

Published: Friday, December 2, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:The new office bearers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have a busy weekend ahead of them with the meetings of the Tours Programmes and Fixtures Committee and Working Committee scheduled for tomorrow and Sunday respectively at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) here.

The most pressing agenda for the fixtures sub-committee is the finalisation of the venue for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka following the inability expressed by the original hosts Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association over conducting it at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur.

As per the rotation policy being adopted by the Indian Cricket Board, a centre having hosted a One-day international in one series is not eligible to conduct a Test in the samerubber, a board source informed PTI.

This rules out Ahmedabad and Nagpur from those in the running to host the Dec 18-22 final Test against the Emerald Islanders, the source said, adding that since Mumbai was in third spot in the queue, as per the Test schedule already prepared for the February-March rubber against England, it was Mumbai Cricket Association's turn to host the match.

Newly-elected BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah told PTI that not only the venue of the third Test, but also the itineraries of India's tour to Pakistan in Jan-Feb, 2006 as well as theentire programme of the England team's visit to India subseqwently would be finalised over the weekend.

"We are meeting with Pakistan Cricket Board as well as England and Wales Cricket Board officials to finalise everything," Shah added.

The 23-member Working Committee, with BCCI President Sharad Pawar heading it, would have to ratify all the decisions taken by the fixtures sub-committee with board vice- president Shashank Manohar of Vidarbha at the helm.

The first meeting of the all-powerful WC after the BCCI's elections and AGM in Kolkata, is expected to be lengthy affair with a number of items on the agenda, Shah informed.

"The WC would ratify the decisions of the Fixtures Committee and there are also a lot of items on the agenda of the meeting," he said.

"The reports of the various sub committees, including the review and marketing committees, would come up for discussions along with the progress made so far about the players' contract," Shah said.

Asked whether the players contract would be finalised at the meeting, Shah said he did not know how far the negotiations with the players have progressed.

"The future tours of the Indian team, the prepartion of the team for the Under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka, National Cricket Academy and the updates on ICC (International Cricket Council) and ACC (Asian Cricket Councul) matters are to be discussed," he said.

Shah also said the board was keen to finalise the programme of the Indian team for the entire year at the earliest.

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