Big teams to play practice matches in Mumbai

Published: Saturday, September 23, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai: Australia, South Africa and New Zealand will play two practice matches each with West Zone sides before the ICC Champions Trophy here.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) executive secretary Prof Ratnakar Shetty said these three teams would play a match each against Mumbai, while the other match would be against a team from this zone.

Prof Shetty however, said the exact dates of the matches were still being worked out and would be known in a day or two.

''As soon as we get confirmation on the dates of the arrival of these teams, we will schedule the matches,'' he added.

Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, who have gained a straight entry into next month's ICC Champions Trophy without having to play the qualifiers, start their campaign only in the second week of October after the qualifiers, which begin on October 7. The final of the ICC Champions Trophy would be held at the Brabourne stadium here on November 5.

Meanwhile, the six teams who have been seeded into the main draw of the Champions Trophy would meet in Delhi on October 8 for a briefing with the match referee on security matters and all others connected with the championship.

The qualifiers would be held from October 7-14 with West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe taking part in them, while the tournament proper would begin on October 15 and go till November 6.

Two teams from the qualifiers would join India, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and England into the tournament proper.

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