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Board keeps Delhi out of ODI loop

The Capital is set to be out of the international one-dayer loop for one year. Like Kolkata, it will get a Test though. One featuring India and Pakistan, reports C Shekhar Luthra.

cricket Updated: Jun 12, 2007 03:45 IST
C Shekhar Luthra

The Capital is set to be out of the international one-dayer loop for one year. Like Kolkata, it will get a Test though. One featuring India and Pakistan.

Of the 14 centres the BCCI forwarded to the Tour and Fixtures Committee in accordance with its rotation policy, no one-dayer has been allotted to Delhi and Jamshedpur though they were seventh and 11th respectively in line. A copy of the list finalised by the Committee is available with HT.

According to the schedule, Bangalore and Kanpur have been allotted both Tests and ODIs. Bangalore will host the first ODI against Australia on September 29 and the third Test against Pakistan. Kanpur will stage the third one-dayer against Pakistan after which it will hold the first Test against South Africa.

“This is absolutely shocking news to me,” said DDCA Sports Secretary Sunil Dev on Monday. Dev has promised to take up this issue at the Board’s meeting here on Tuesday.

“We’ll definitely take up this issue at the meeting tomorrow. They are allotting us a Test match against Pakistan but then Bangalore and Kanpur are also on the Test match list. How can there be different policies for different centres,” he asked.

With the DDCA president Arun Jaitley presently holidaying in the US, DDCA secretary Sneh Bansal has apparently conveyed the association’s point to the BCCI CAO Ratnakar Shetty and secretary Niranjan Shah over the phone.

The itinerary:

7 ODIs against Australia:

September 29: Bangalore, October 2: Cochin, October 5: Hyderabad, October 8: Guwahati, October 11: Baroda, October 14: Nagpur, October 17: Mumbai.

5 ODIs against Pakistan:

November 6: Faridabad, November 9: Mohali, November 12: Kanpur, November 15: Gwalior, November 18: Jaipur.

3 Tests against Pakistan:

First Test: Delhi, Second Test: Kolkata, Third Test: Bangalore.

Tests against South Africa (dates to be decided later):

First Test: Kanpur, Second Test: Ahmedabad, Third Test: Nagpur.