England miffed with itinerary of India tour

July 14th, 2008 - 9:31 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) The England and the Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is not happy with the itinerary of its November-December tour to India, which was released by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) here Monday. The ECB said it was disappointed that, despite its representations, the itinerary doesn’t offer the thousands of supporters who follow the England team abroad, the opportunity to experience the great cricket grounds of India. The ECB is obviously not happy with the fact that major venues like Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai did not feature in the series, which comprises seven one-day internationals and two Test matches.

The series starts with the first one-day match in Rajkot, Nov 14 and will conclude with the second Test to be held at the Cricket Cricket Club of India, Mumbai from Dec 19.

Some of the smaller centres like Rajkot, Jamshedpur and Indore will be hosting the one-day matches as the per the BCCI’s rotation policy.

The ECB also said that the acceptance of the itinerary remains subject to acceptable logistical arrangements and an acceptable security environment and arrangements being in place at each venue.

The itinerary:

Nov 6: England team arrives
Nov 9-11: Warm-up match at Mumbai
Nov 14: 1st ODI, Rajkot
Nov 17: 2nd ODI, Indore
Nov 20: 3rd ODI, Kanpur
Nov 23: 4th ODI, Jamshedpur
Nov 26: 5th ODI, Cuttack
Nov 29: 6th ODI, Guwahati
Dec 2: 7th ODI, Delhi
Dec 5-7: Warm-up match, Baroda
Dec 11-15: 1st Test, Ahmedabad
Dec 19-23: 2nd Test, Mumbai

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