BCCI finalises Lanka, South Africa itinerary

Published: Thursday, June 1, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:BCCI Tours and Fixtures Committee today finalised the itinerary for the Sri Lankan tri-series in August and India's tour of South Africa in November-December this year.

The Committee met Sri Lankan Board representative Bandula Warnapura and South African Cricket Board President Gerald Majola here today before finalising the itinerary.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah said India would participate in the tri-series featuring hosts Sri Lanka and South Africa apart from India in August, while they will tour South Africa to play three Tests and five one-day internationals in a bilateral series.

Shah also said that they had finalised the domestic cricket programme and the details would be announced tomorrow.

He added that in the 2006-07 season the South African 'A' team would participate in the Duleep Trophy tourney as the foreign team along with the teams from five zones. The South African 'A' team will also play a five-match ODI series with their Indian counterparts.

Shah further informed that the Committee had also finalised the India Under-19 tour to Pakistan in September where they will play two four-day Tests as well as three one-day matches. The Indian 'A' team would meanwhile tour South Africa in March-April to play three Tests and five-match ODI series, Shah added.

The Board secretary also said that from the 2006-07 season, the Ranji Trophy one-day tournament would be played with coloured clothing and white balls and wherever possible the matches would be played under lights.

We have also decided to extent the elite and plate format from the new season to the Under-17 level, Shah said. At the moment this format is adopted at the Ranji and Under-19 level.

Shah said another meeting of representatives of the venues of the ICC Champions Trophy took stock of the progress vis-a-vis deadlines set by the world governing body for the game.

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