December 28, 2001

England agree to play extra one-day match

Staff Reporter

Following hectic parleys between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), a sixth one-day international match has been fitted into what was originally a five-match series between India and England in January-February 2002.

The compromise reached by the two boards also involves a fourth Test match to be included when India tours England next summer. The amicable decision thus ends a disagreement that, at one stage, threatened the entire Indian tour of England.

The one-day series is now due to start on January 19, with the first game to be played at the Eden Gardens in Calcutta. The second match is scheduled for Cuttack on January 22. The remainder of the itinerary is unchanged; Chennai on January 25, Kanpur on January 28, New Delhi on January 31, and Mumbai on February 3 will host the other four games.