BCCI says no to Delhi Commonwealth Games request

Updated: Jul 16, 2010, 18:42 PM IST

Zeecric Bureau

Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) refused to relent to Commonwealth Games’ request of shifting the dates for India-Australia Test matches as they fell during the Delhi Games in October.

The Australians are set to arrive in India in early October and play the first Test in Mohali from October 2, a day before the Games begin, and the second Test in Bangalore from October 10-14, also during the games. Kalmadi had written to MS Gill, the sports minister, asking that the cricket series be rescheduled to later dates.

Suresh Kalmadi, the CWG organising committee chairman, is worried that the India-Australia cricket series, scheduled to clash with the Games, might steal some thunder.

“I need not stress the importance of not having any international cricket in India during the Commonwealth Games,” wrote Kalmadi.

“I am sure you will use your good offices to convince BCCI to reschedule the cricket series.”

The sports minister has confirmed receiving the letter and has said he would look into the matter, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India wasn`t exactly ruffled.

“The season is packed and there are very few windows in which series can be planned,” a Board official said.

“Rescheduling is not a simple matter as Australia also have other engagements at later times.”