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BCCI rejects Pak request for T20

The BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah, in a statement, said that the request from the Pakistan Cricket Board is very late and cannot be accommodated.
IANS | By Qaiser Mohammad Ali, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2007 03:30 PM IST

The Indian cricket board on Tuesday rejected its Pakistani counterpart's request to replace one Test match with two Twenty20 matches during Pakistan's tour to India starting next month.

Niranjan Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI), said in Mumbai on Tuesday that the request from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was very late and could not be accommodated.

"No match can be added at this juncture. Their request came too late to effect any changes in the itinerary," Shah told IANS in Mumbai.

PCB wanted to replace one of the three Test matches with two Twenty20 matches and wanted to help the family of its late coach Bob Woolmer with the money generated from one of the matches.

Pakistan's tour, which also comprises five one-day international matches, starts with a limited overs practice match in Delhi on November 2.

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