India seek shorter Australian tour match
The BCCI request for a shorter tour match against Australian Capital Territory XI from three days to two.cricket Updated: Dec 03, 2007 16:08 IST
India's request for one of their two tour matches to be reduced by a day was granted by Cricket Australia Monday.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) asked CA to shorten their match against an Australian Capital Territory XI from three days to two.
The match, to be played at Canberra's Manuka Oval, will take place on January 10-11.
It will be India's only hit-out between the second and third Tests and means the tourists go from the second Test at the spin-friendly Sydney Cricket Ground to the third Test at Perth's bouncy WACA Ground with only a two-day match for adjustment.
A CA spokesman said the BCCI had not provided a reason for their request.
The schedule change coincided with CA chief executive James Sutherland's admission Monday that cricket's scheduling problems made it difficult to provide visiting teams with an adequate number of tour matches to acclimatise.
"We are guilty of it at times ourselves, in terms of landing in a country and going straight into whatever matches have to be played, and that's largely a function of the intensity of the program around certain times," Sutherland told reporters.
"The invitation is out there for teams to come a bit earlier, and I'm sure our state associations would love to host more tour matches.
"I have a bit of a sense, the way people are talking at the moment, reflecting on how some people have tackled Test cricket against Australia at home, that people are coming to the conclusion that they do need to spend a bit more time here because our conditions are so unique."
India's only warm-up game before the series against Australia is a three-day match against Victoria in Melbourne, starting December 20.
The opening Test begins on Boxing Day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.