India to host Australia thrice
As per the latest schedule finalised, Australia would play seven ODIs in India in 2007, four Tests in 2008 and seven or eight more ODIs in 2009.india Updated: Jan 17, 2006 15:06 IST
India will host Australia thrice between 2007 and 2009 in Tests and One-Day Internationals, Cricket Board (BCCI)on Tuesdaysaid.
As per the latest schedule finalised, Australia would play seven ODIs in India in 2007, four Tests in 2008 and seven or eight more limited overs matches in 2009.
India in turn would play four Tests and 11 one-dayers during their visit Down Under in 2007 and 2008 respectively.
Discussions were also on with the England and Wales Cricket Board to finalise a schedule for next four years.
As per the current ICC Future Tours programme, England are to tour India in 2009 after their forthcoming visit in February-March this year.
The new schedule of Australia's visit was announced today after a meeting of the Board's Marketing Committee by BCCI Vice-President Lalit Modi and former Board president I S Bindra.
Bindra said India would be involved in some 50 Tests and 130 one-day internationals in the next four years.
"We will confirm the countries coming to India since we do not want to leave anything to chance," Bindra, also Punjab Cricket Association chief, said.
Modi said that the title sponsorship of the Indian team will expire this year and the tenders would be out by March. "It will all be transparent," he said.
In a joint effort, the BCCI and the PCB have decided to play a two-match day-night series in Abu Dhabi on April 18 and 19 for the October 8 killer earthquake victims of Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir.
Modi said plans were on to have a production house that would ensure generate funds through media rights.
"The emphasis of the marketing committee was to raise revenue for the ruling body and one of our plans is to have a production house for the BCCI that would generate funds through media rights," Modi said.
"We are looking at a minimum of USD 350 million for all media rights," he explained adding that the tender process is likely to be finalised by the February 9 or 10.