'Separate teams for Ireland and England series'

Published: Saturday, May 19, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Chittagong:BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah today said there will be two teams going for the ODI series in Ireland and then for the Test series in England.

Talking to the reporters here, on the arrival of the BCCI top brass on an invite of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, Mr Shah said, ''There will be two teams selected for the tour of Ireland and the series in England.''

Asked if BCCI would follow the policy of resting the seniors for the ODI series for Ireland, he said, ''That is for the selectors to decide depending on the number of games we play and the stress on the players.''

The selectors would meet soon after the Bangladesh series for choosing the team.

''The selection also depends on the bank of players that we have at our disposal. There will be some players for both the tournaments and some who will be series specific,'' he said hinting at the reserve pool of players.

The selection committee headed by chairman Dilip Vensarkar will meet and the teams announced would undergo a four to five days camp at Bangalore before heading for Ireland.

In Ireland, India take on South Africa in three ODIs in Belfast and one against Ireland, before moving to Glasgow, Scotland where they play one ODI against Pakistan. Then they go to England for a full series.

On asked about the tight schedule that the players have, he said, ''They have this kind of schedule for the last many years. So the players are used to it.''

Asked about the ICL floated by the Zee Group and NCA Chairman Kapil Dev and Nayan Mongia's involvement, he said, ''If they are involved they have to let us know officially. We have no such information.''

On whether the ICL has informed the BCCI about their developments, he said, ''As of now we have nothing officially. Once we have it we will be in a position to talk.'' Mr Shah is here for a day, along with Board President Sharad Pawar, Ratnakar Shetty and Rajiv Shukla.


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