India news March 1, 2013

India could shorten NZ tour for Asia Cup

Sidharth Monga and Nagraj Gollapudi

India's full tour of New Zealand in early 2014 is likely to be trimmed to two Tests, two ODIs and two T20Is to enable the team to participate in the Asia Cup, scheduled to be held in India in February-March. The ICC's Future Tours Programme (FTP) has India scheduled to play three Tests, five ODIs and a single Twenty20 international at that time and the BCCI, committed in principle to hosting the Asia Cup, has been in negotiations with NZC.

So far no formal agreement has been reached between the boards, but ESPNcricinfo understands that the new trimmed New Zealand schedule will have a maximum of 14 days of international cricket against the 21 originally penned in the FTP. Incidentally, both the New Zealand tour and the Asia Cup will be broadcast by NEO. It has been reliably learned that in the contract that Nimbus, owners of NEO, signed, it was made aware of a possible change in the original itinerary for the New Zealand tour. Nimbus announced the new deal two days ago, committing to broadcast to India all international cricket from New Zealand till 2020.

For the administrators in New Zealand, it is a matter of relief there is any tour at all: sources in NZC have told ESPNcricinfo there was concern over the tour being called off but several months of negotiations between the two boards - including one-on-ones at ICC meetings - ensured an amicable arrangement for all parties. The representatives of both boards have been individually discussing the matter during ICC meetings.

It is not yet known if the BCCI will compensate the NZC: India tours are a major source of revenue for all boards given the high TV viewership in India and a large expatriate community settled all over the cricketing world.

India have a busy first half of 2014. They return from South Africa towards the end of January, are scheduled to go to New Zealand in February, and then go to Bangladesh either side of the IPL for the World Twenty20 and a short three-ODI series. The schedule has been made tighter by the Asian Cricket Council's (ACC) offer to India to host the Asia Cup in February-March, which the BCCI is likely to take up.

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  • Dummy4 on March 3, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    I don"t mind if india only play test instead of playing one day or T20. We only remember which over sea test series won by india and not much bother about one day or T20 result. Winning a test give lot more satisfaction for actually cricket loving fan than that of one day or T20.

  • Dummy4 on March 3, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    3 tests, 5 odis, 0 t20's

  • Rion on March 2, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    @desiboy454. After the 2002 it took India 7 years to retour again, and quite frankly by the end of the 02 tour the players were completly uninterested. You only have to look at Dravids comments about this being his hardest ever tour. Seen at NZC makes more than 50% of its income from selling the TV rights back to India of India series, NZC had to bend over backwards to get india back regularly. So green wickets were not allowed for that series, for example the first innings scores over a three season period at Maclean park (the flattest test pitch in NZ) are, 253 (vs Eng),307(vsWI),620(vsInd),223vs(Pak). At the end of the day India had the better team and deserved to win the '09 series but NZC made life easy.

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    It will be unfair to change itinerary , i will recommend to start early & play 3 tests only...they can come later again for 20-20 & odi`s.

  • Nitesh on March 2, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    @Peter_Jones2012 :- What about Series Win in NZ when India last traveled there? Also Series draw in SA in 2010? Are Eng/ SA/ NZ grounds not support Pace/bounce?

  • jagat on March 2, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Not another 2 Test 'series' - and to make it worse, a 2 ODI and 2 T-20 'series' too? Whats the chances all 3 end up with 1-1 results :)

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    I would say, instead of 2test, 2odi and 2t20. Make it 3test, 2t20/2odi

  • Kushal on March 2, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Curtailing NZ tour for Asia Cup on flat tracks is ridiculous, BCCI is only concerned about making money doesn't have to do anything for India's poor overseas performance, NZ tour would have been a golden opportunity to get used to the conditions in which World Cup 2015 will be played (along with Aus) but now BCCI is planning for only 2 ODIs in NZ to accomodate Asia Cup which could have been played in the later half of 2014. I strongly believe we need Ex- Cricketers as administrators of BCCI otherwise these politicians will ruin the game of cricket in India just like what has happened to Indian Hockey.

  • Mihir on March 2, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    India Tour of NZL should be 3Test 3ODi 3T20. no need for 2-3days rest between odi's which usually India takes. About Asia cup it should be of 6 Teams. divided in group of 2. and super4 then Final.

  • Manesh on March 2, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Thats a good decision.Asia cup will be more exciting than a tour to NZ.