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Mumbai to host Champions Trophy final

Mumbai will host the final of the 8-nation series to be held in Oct-Nov, the BCCI President said.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2006 20:16 IST
Qaiser Mohammad Ali (IANS)
Qaiser Mohammad Ali (IANS)

Mumbai will host the final of the eight-nation Champions Trophy to be held in October-November, BCCI President Sharad Pawar said on Saturday.

"We have requested the ICC (International Cricket Council) that the final of the tournament should be played at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) in Mumbai, and it will be played there," Pawar told reporters on the opening day of the third India-England Test at the Wankhede Stadium here.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) head also disclosed that Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Mohali, besides Mumbai, would host matches of the Champions Trophy tournament Oct 7-Nov 5.

On Friday evening, Pawar held a meeting with ICC officials to thrash out the venues for the tournament, considered the most important after the World Cup.

It was decided that Kolkata, one of the originally short-listed venues, would not host any of the matches after the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) wrote to the cricket board that it could host matches only after Oct 23 due to rains.

Ahmedabad has replaced Kolkata.

CAB also said that it would not agree to the BCCI's decision that the cricket associations hosting a Champions Trophy match would have to forgo, after the tournament, at least one one-day international when their turn comes as per the board's rotation policy.

Pawar said he would hold a meeting with the CCI officials on Saturday.

The BCCI president would soon be leaving for Dubai to attend the ICC Executive Board meeting that will consider the schedule and hosting of ICC events and tournaments from 2007 to 2015, including the 2011 and 2015 World Cups.

The meeting, to be held on Monday and Tuesday, will take "in principle" decisions and follow a three-step process to reach its conclusions.

First Published: Mar 18, 2006 18:15 IST