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Toronto to host five ODIs in September
July 07, 2006Cricinfo Exclusive: The proposed ODI Series between India and West Indies planned for North America is back on, although all the games are now likely to take place in Canada and not in the USA as originally intended.
It is reported from Canada that a deal was done between the BCCI and the WICB) when their respective chairmen met during the ICC executive meeting at Lord's this week. The series, which is likely to be played in Toronto in September, had been reportedly scrapped and the boards were said to be looking at alternative venues in the Far East. The sticking point was that the grounds in the USA had not received ICC clearance, but there are no such issues in Toronto which has already hosted one-day games. There are other issues which could prove a stumbling block, not least that the West Indies players are said not to have been consulted about their participation in the series which they need to be as it falls outside the ICC's Future Tours Programme. The WICB, which is heavily in debt, will have to make separate financial arrangements with them.
ODI series against the West Indies may be postponed
June 28, 2006India's one-day series against the West Indies, tentatively scheduled to be held in the US this September, might be postponed to next year if suitable stadiums were not available during that period, a top Cricket Board official has said.
"We are waiting for the ICC to assess the venues and give clearance. In case that does not come, we might hold the tournament in June next year," BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah told a news agency over phone. India were slated to play either three or five one-dayers in Florida, the US, and Toronto, Canada. The matches were arranged to raise funds for the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) which is struggling under the financial burden of hosting the 2007 World Cup. Media reports said the BCCI had suggested to the WICB that the proposed tournament could be held in Singapore or Hong Kong on the original dates if the venues were not ready in time.
But Shah said such reports were not correct. "What has the WICB got to do with the venues, it is upto the US Cricket Association," he said. For the grounds to be approved, an ICC Match Referee would have to inspect the facilities and give a report clearing it to hold international matches.
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