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BCCI wants England Test opener to be put off by a day

November 17, 2008 15:54 IST

The Board of Control for Cricket in India wants the first Test against England at Ahmedabad put off by a day to allow Mahendra Singh Dhoni play in the Champions T20 League final two days prior to it in case his team, Chennai Super Kings, makes it to the title-contest.

"I can confirm that an approach has been made by the Indian board to put it off by a day, but no decision has been taken so far," England team's media manager Andrew Walpole said on Monday.

Walpole said the approach was made by the BCCI apparently to help Dhoni's case in the December 3-10 six million US dollars prize-money event jointly owned by the BCCI and its Australian and South African counterparts.

Walpole also indicated that the England and Wales Cricket Board is unlikely to respond to the request.

The Test opener is to be held from December 11 at Ahmedabad's Motera stadium a day after the Champions League final at Chennai.

The second and final Test, the BCCI's Platinum Jubilee encounter, is to be played at Mumbai's Brabourne Stadium from December 19-23 before the visiting team returns home in time for Christmas.

If the request is acceded to by the ECB and the England team, both the teams' players will get only two days' time between the two Tests.

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