India-Pak Woolmer fund raiser ruled out

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has ruled out a special Twenty20 tie to raise funds for Pakistan's late coach Bob Woolmer's cricket academy project when they visit India later this year.

BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah said it is impossible for this special match as the team does not have time due to its tight schedule. Niranjan Shah was reacting to a media statement from the Pakistan Cricket Board that it was willing to play the tie during their team's tour of India in November-December.

Pakistan are due to play five ODIs and three Test matches when they tour India between Nov 1 and Dec 13.

Shah also said the BCCI was yet to be approached by their Pakistani counterparts on the matter, though it has received a letter from Woolmer's widow Gill who wants the organisation of a Twenty20 tie to raise funds for the academy in memory of the late coach who died in Jamaica during the World Cup in March.

In an official statement on its website today, the PCB said it had already communicated to Woolmer's widow Gill of its commitment to play this match and will certainly opt for any venue that the host Board agrees upon, be it England and Wales Cricket Board or BCCI as desired by her.

''In this regard, PCB is even willing to play this match during the forthcoming Pakistan tour to India in November-December 2007 and consent from BCCI is awaited this,'' it added.


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