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May 3, 2006
India have announced proposals to play two triangular series, one in Sri Lanka and one in North America. The one in Sri Lanka will take place in September with South Africa as the third team.
The more interesting development was confirmation that a series in the USA, featuring Australia and West Indies, was being considered, although Niranjan Shah, the BCCI secretary, said that "nothing concrete has been decided".
It had been widely reported at the weekend that Asia's successful bid to host the 2011 World Cup had been secured thanks to a deal done with West Indies, but that was denied by Shah.
"How can you say the West Indies have been bought over," he asked. "Had they voted for Australia and New Zealand, would you say they were bought over by that group? Yes, their vote in our favour was important in clinching the bid."
The suggestions, however, were given more substance when details of the proposed series in the USA emerged. Ken Gordon, the West Indies board chairman, travelled to Florida at the weekend to meet with USA Cricket Association officials but it is not thought that anything concrete was agreed.
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