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Board writes to CA for more games

cricket Updated: Aug 19, 2011 00:25 IST
Amol Karhadkar
Amol Karhadkar
Hindustan Times
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In a bid to avoid repeat of the Indian team's debacle in England, the BCCI has approached their counterparts in Australia, Cricket Australia (CA) with a request to increase the tour games from one to two ahead of the Test series.

However, the request seems to be way to difficult to come into reality because of the domestic cricket schedule in Australia and India's tight international cricket itinerary.

Ahead of their four-Test series, India are scheduled to face CA Chairman's XI in a four-day tour game at Canberra. But after Anil Kumble raised a voice for the need for at least two tour games ahead of any overseas series, the BCCI bigwigs have written to the Cricket Australia.

However, it was learnt that CA was finding it tough to accommodate the BCCI's request, primarily due to their IPL-like Twenty20 tournament. "This will be the first year that their Big Bash will be played on a franchise-based model. Plus, their first-class domestic tournament will also be on at the same time, so they are finding it difficult to create another team to face the visiting team," a BCCI insider said.