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BCCI Working Committee to decide on Tests vs SA

The BCCI Working Committee will meet in Mumbai on December 18 to explore the possibility of squeezing in some Test matches when South Africa visit the country in February-March next year for a best-of-five ODI series.

cricket Updated: Dec 11, 2009 00:46 IST

The BCCI Working Committee will meet here on December 18 to explore the possibility of squeezing in some Test matches when South Africa visit the country in February-March next year for a best-of-five ODI series.

“At present the tour consists of five ODIs only. There's a move to include Tests too and it would be decided at the Working Committee meeting of the Board in Mumbai on December 18,” BCCI sources said today.

The belated move to play a few Tests against South Africa in the short window available between India's visit to Bangladesh in early January and the start of the IPL on March 12 next year would enable the team to maintain its number one Test status acquired for the first time by its 2-0 series win over Sri Lanka.

M S Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar, have expressed that India should play more Tests. As per the current ICC Future Tours Programme for Dhoni and his men, India will not be playing any Test cricket for nine months after its two-Test series in Bangladesh in January.