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India may play five-Test series in England

November 18, 2008 18:53 IST

India may play five-Test series in England in 2011 and 2015 -- for the first time in more than 50 years -- if the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the BCCI agree on a deal.

ECB Chairman Giles Clarke and Chief Executive David Collier returned from India yesterday and would be having another round of talks next month on the deal, The Guardian reported on Tuesday.

India have not played a five-Test series in England since 1959, and television revenues from the Tests at Lord's cricket ground alone are expected to hit 25 million pounds, the paper said.

It also said that although the two ECB officials failed to reach an agreement over releasing England players for the Indian Premier League championship, England stars Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff are "expected to sign contracts".

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