Change in Pakistan's tour itinerary

Sunday, October 14, 2007

The third ODI of Pakistan's tour of India which was scheduled for November 12 in Kanpur will now be played on November 11. The reason, BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah said, was because the Indian board wanted the match to be held on a Sunday.

As a result of that change, the first and second ODIs have also been brought forward by a day. The first match will now be played on November 5 and the second on November 8.

The Pakistan Cricket Board was keen to fit in a Twenty20 match during the tour to raise funds for the Bob Woolmer cricket academy but PCB Chairman Nasim Ashraf said the Indian board had rejected the proposal.

"They [BCCI] say that since the ICC has kept a cap of seven Twenty20 matches a year for all teams, they can't fit in this match this season,"

Ashraf said.

"But we feel this is a match for a noble cause and something can be managed. We are still trying to convince the Indian board to review the situation. We are very keen to do something for Woolmer's academy and if it is not possible on this tour we will look at other alternatives as well."

Gill Woolmer, Bob's wife, had sent a letter to the Pakistan and Indian boards requesting them to play a Twenty20 international to raise funds for the academy which Woolmer had established in his hometown of Cape Town.

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