India news March 1, 2013

India could shorten NZ tour for Asia Cup

Sidharth Monga and Nagraj Gollapudi
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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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  • QingdaoXI on March 2, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    If it happens it is a wrong decision by BCCI to cut the 3 test series into 2 as team has lot of youngsters and they would have benifitted from this extra test and gained more valuable experience before the tour of England in June-Aug 2014. About ODIs, i will like to play India all 5 ODI's as next world is suppose to happen in Australia and New Zealand in 2015, so any number of matches played on there surface will be boon for Indian team to defend there title and will also give youngsters to know more about the pitches. So I kindly request BCCI not to shortend the tour instead try to start the tour a week earlier to accomodate a test and keeo only one day of gap in First 2 and last 2 ODis. to be continued

  • 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.

  • on March 3, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    3 tests, 5 odis, 0 t20's

  • Rixgm7 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.

  • 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.

  • niteshone 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?

  • jagatr 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 :)

  • on March 2, 2013, 11:26 GMT

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

  • Kushalagr007 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_nam 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.

  • QingdaoXI on March 2, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    If it happens it is a wrong decision by BCCI to cut the 3 test series into 2 as team has lot of youngsters and they would have benifitted from this extra test and gained more valuable experience before the tour of England in June-Aug 2014. About ODIs, i will like to play India all 5 ODI's as next world is suppose to happen in Australia and New Zealand in 2015, so any number of matches played on there surface will be boon for Indian team to defend there title and will also give youngsters to know more about the pitches. So I kindly request BCCI not to shortend the tour instead try to start the tour a week earlier to accomodate a test and keeo only one day of gap in First 2 and last 2 ODis. to be continued

  • 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.

  • on March 3, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    3 tests, 5 odis, 0 t20's

  • Rixgm7 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.

  • 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.

  • niteshone 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?

  • jagatr 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 :)

  • on March 2, 2013, 11:26 GMT

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

  • Kushalagr007 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_nam 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.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 2, 2013, 9:25 GMT

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

  • QingdaoXI on March 2, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Continued and in case of Asia cup which is suppose to happen in India we can finish it within a sapn of 10 days as we have more number of grounds than other asain teams in one city or region.Eg. Day 1. Bangladesh vs Afghanistan and India vs Srilanka, (Rajkot and Mumbai) Day 2. Bangladesh vs Pakistan, (Ahmedabad) Day 3, Afghanistan vs Sri lanka and India vs Pakistan, (Mohali and Delhi) Day 4. Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh (Jaipur) Day 5. India vs Afghanistan (Hyderabad) Day 6. Pakistan vs Afghanistan and India vs Bangladesh (Nagpur and Kolkatta) Day 8. Qualifier Rank 2 and Rank 3 (Bangalore) Day 10. Final: RanK no 1 team vs Winner of Qualifier (Chennai). The time table is prepared in such way that, if team have match on very next day, the travelling will take less than 2 hrs and team will be ready for next match. I schedhuled is so hard on players, but as an Indian fan i dont want to miss the experience of watching our young team in New Zealand and also want afghan team in Asia Cup.

  • samvarma on March 2, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    Muscle flexing by BCCI again . They will ruin this game !

  • saravanan_selvam on March 2, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Yes i agree with GreenDevlin...This India's tour to NZ would help a lot to the players who are new comers to the Indian team,never played in NZ pitches and who would be playing in 2015 world cup.So this would be a golden opportunity to know the NZ pitches and conditions...But BCCI is always looking to make money...it doesnt make pitches which support both fast bowlers and spinners...

  • Kirk_Levin on March 2, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    Unlike previous tours or even the one in 2002-2003, NZ administrators will prepare flat and slow pitches to help the Indians. India; we only bat well on non-flat wickets. Hope Brendon is gone by then and perhaps, Ross is the captain of the team.

  • Kirk_Levin on March 2, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    siddharthlovescricket. Mate, even the ardent Indian supporter knows India has a poor record away from home. India has always struggled with the pace/bounce in overseas conditions. That's why, they have yet to win even a single test series in Aussie. India plays well at home, that's just about it.

  • pt_pt on March 1, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    Keep the 3 tests series going always , its very important for the game of cricket and players to play as much tests as possible. Just pick a bigger squad and rest players, surly you can fit another game. Should be 3 tests, 3 one dayers and 1 t20, if you want to cut the tour.

  • desiboy454 on March 1, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    Poor disicion by BCCI as WC2015 is both in AUS n NZ. I would have rather seen 5 Odis than 2 odis n 2 T20s. Poor decision.

    @rixgm.. flat? just a little hint.. Pace took 54 wickets, Spin 30.. 16 of which belong to Harbhjan Singh who at that time was doing extremely well as a bowler in all conditions. About SRT, 100% sure he wont be around, and a great player cant have a bad tour?? seriously.. Ponting in india? Martyn in England Ashes, Clarke in england Ashes. Etc. Poor to indirectly say BCCI pays NZC to make pitches that favor us. NZ team 2002 vs now or even the 2009 team.. HUGE difference. 1st test we won in 2009.. our seamers took 9 of the 10 wickets in first innings, then in 2nd innings, harbhajan took a 6 for.

  • rixgm on March 1, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    NZC will shortly release a press release which states that, NZC always planned on having a two match tour, and don't worry the pitches this time will be even flatter than 2009 (if that is possible). NZ is also seeking to develop pitches that turn on the first day. This is hoped to relieve the nightmares sachin still has from the 2002 tour (yes he still wont have retired yet).

  • on March 1, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    OMG cant believe it a Short tour like this isnt really worth going..surely NZ series is more important then AsiaCup ???

  • on March 1, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    Mayank Manchanda : thats why u didn't reached the final in Asia Cup 2012 ..Bro i think u r afraid of losing again .....anywyz gud luk ....

  • siddharthlovescricket on March 1, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    @ozzipom i dnt understand why people like you follow cricket. Other than the tour of england and australia in 2011-2012 india has always impressed away from home. South Africa the best test country at the moment dint manage to win a series against india in the last 6 years(tests). the last time india visited new zealand, we won both the test series and one day series. talking about pitches, then, india is a country capable of winning any where in the world. whether the bouncy pitch of perth(2007) or durban(2010) or Johannesburg(2006).. we have won test matches in all the countries in the last 10 years. but not all the countries have managed to win here in india..especially australia and new zealand. england improved their drastic record just now. so, if preparing a green top wicket is fine for other countries, turning tracks shouldnt be a problem. You people are jealous of the indian cricket team, and its popularity. Long Live the indian cricket team, long live cricket.

  • vakkaraju on March 1, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    BCCI with all its resources cannot manage time? How can anyone in their right mind commit the team to two major events at the same time. The powers that should be reminded of several calendar apps available. For this team, a young one playing in NZ would do them a world of good. Time to rework the Asia cup instead.

  • on March 1, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Why not invite NZ to the Asia Cup, and play some T20 matches with them as part of it? BCCI only cares about money, so why does it matter that NZ is not in Asia, or that Asia Cup is a 50-over tournament?

  • aby_prasad on March 1, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Someone asked if our record in NZ is bad. Yes and more! Really bad in fact! though the last time we won there. Like I said in the beginning, it would do a lot of good to our young team , but well , whats decided is decided. Money rules in so many spheres now and somehow we dont have a logical answer to counter it. Dont tell me glory, talent, sporting reasons etc, thats just naive and a dream. If theres no money, cricket dies and thats that. Along with many, I wish it isnt that way, but it is! Dont most of us look at the best paid jobs except a select few? Well there you go.

  • akashchandran on March 1, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    At least 3 Tests should be played in a series to give a fair result to both teams. If the time is short for all the 3 Tests and 5 ODIs to take place because of the Asia Cup then they should play only the 3 Tests next February and play the 5 ODIs at a convenient time later on (in 2015 or 2016). Another option is to play the ODIs in New Zealand with the players who are not selected for the Asia Cup so that these players get experience in foreign conditions with maybe a couple of Test Match players who are already in New Zealand added to provide more experience.

  • GreenDeviln on March 1, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Better play in NewZealand than in Asia cup as it will give vast experience to Indian batsmen and bowlers about the bouncy and swinging pitches which are going to be faced in next 2015 World Cup.

  • on March 1, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Cmon bcci tests in new zealand are so much fun. What are we cutting that tour short for? Asia cup? damn! no one watches asia cup. It's boring. Instead of watching good hard fought games between India and New zealand, we would be forced to watch dead one sided games against Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.

  • ozzipom on March 1, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    Well well, another excuse for the joke that is the Indian Cricket Team. Seam-friendly pitches are making the BCCI quiver in their boots, they know that they will be humiliated by a team lower in the rankings than them, so they want to shorten the humiliation and get back to their own doctored pitches asap so that they win and continue to live in their delusion of being a good cricket team.

  • on March 1, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Why is BCCI trying to avoid playing in NZ? Do we have a terrible track record there? Just curious. I don't think Asia Cup is the only issue.

  • Smithie on March 1, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    @gsingh7 - respect is earned rather than bought. BCCI leaves much to be desired in the former - conflict of interest of Srini and DRS for starters.

  • on March 1, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    "Why not they wanna tour New Zealand all world know that last time they came here they won here but this time they have to face lot of trouble.But getting an indication Bcci yet again use their power to cut short the tour that exposed its faceyet again!"

  • SpaMaster on March 1, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Non-sense. New Zealand is a proper place to tour, particularly for sub-continent teams. The Test series is particularly important. 3 Tests are minimum. To play two Tests, they might as well not go. What is this Asia Cup? Another pointless one day tournament? Don't cramp in a stupid tournament like this in the middle of an already scheduled tour. If needed scrap the ODIs and T20s instead of the Tests. For God's sake, a Test series in New Zealand is an important event for India!

  • InsideHedge on March 1, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    In the past, the entire tour would have been scrapped so we should look at the negotiations as a positive. The views of the TV rights holder are important too and they would like ODIs since they get an entire day of high viewership which they can bombard with ads. I don't think they make much from the Tests, so thank heavens we have two Tests.

    Most of the people complaining here are the ones who have no issues watching Indian TV full of annoying ads - this is where the revenue comes from incase you haven't figured it out. How Indian residents put up with the awful coverage is beyond my comprehension.

  • JustIPL on March 1, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    This is the policy to avoid playing against weaker teams as playing against top of the ICC table teams will yield better rankings provided india win.

  • StoneRose on March 1, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    2 match series are not worth bothering with, for fans in particular. Either have 3 Tests and min 3 ODIs or postpone.

  • gsingh7 on March 1, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Indian board generates revenues for all board as reported. A bit more respect to them would be highly appreciated than with all the great strategies put forward by experts here. yes bcci are leading in world cricket and no board can challenge them . bcci need to be more proactive and provide cash to all boards .

  • phunny_game on March 1, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    2 ODI's... cmon... even the afro-asia cup, the most irrelevant series i have witnessed, had three ODI's... n 2 T20's... still scratching my head...!!!

  • Smithie on March 1, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Minimise exposure to those green seaming tacks - the Kiwis may even take a leaf from the Chennai curator's book and invoke a variable watering policy - but this time across the pitch rather than down it ! That could test Srini's boys and give them a taste of their own medicine.

  • on March 1, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    its nt quite right 2 say "asia cup",some other country should be added lyk Nepal,Afganstain,its jzt a for team tournament nt asia cup.....should give other name rather than "asia cup"

  • aby_prasad on March 1, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Forget India winning or losing. Indian board generates revenues for all board as reported. A bit more respect to them would be highly appreciated than with all the great strategies put forward by experts here. I dont agree with somebody who said some other team can fill the gap. Fill the gap maybe, but fill the revenue gap? Nop! no other board can. I do agree with them who say India needs more such overseas exposure and NZ is a rare opportunity. Well said! When all of us are so revenue-prone in seeking jobs, we cant blame cricket for promoting revenue-generating t20s. Like it or not, it is going to stay and grow. If India persists with the same team for all the format, it is their headache. But once again, respects to the board that generates much-needed revenues for all boards! (except for Aus-Eng series traditionally!)

  • on March 1, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Asia Cup should be hosted by Pakistan.Probably at that time the problems will be solved and Pakistan will host Asia Cup InshAllah.

  • class9ryan on March 1, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    I probably would want 2 tests, 3 odis and 2 t20s, as a 2 match odi series is just a joke. I would love Afghanistan being included in the Asia Cup ... After all even it is a Asian team and would probably love seeing some stars like Nabi and Zadran

  • on March 1, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    This is just a shame to shorten a series which is pre-planned. I don't understand the strategy of these board to shorten the series to accommodate other things. They could have easily moved the Asia Cup forward into April. But I don't for what reason it didn't happen.

    I would argue that the tour should have gone as planned, and move the Asia Cup a bit forward. So both parties would have been happy and the commitment would have been fulfilled. It doesn't matter if the IPL starts a week later.

  • anuajm on March 1, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    BCCI as the leading administrative body for managing cricket world wide and as such should take some responsibility in promoting test cricket to the extent possible. A test series should be for minimum 3 tests or rather not have a test series at all (except against BD/Zim etc.). Indian team is in a transition phase and the new players should get most opportunities to play in alien conditions of NZ/SA/Aus and Eng. NZ series will help the players prepare for the tougher series against England and Australia lined up in 2014-15. And even with their current state, NZ will be a handful in their own backyard. A series of 3 tests, 3 ODI's and 1 T20 would be ideal.

  • on March 1, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    a new zealand tour happens only once in 5-6 yrs...i think india should play the full series... may be they could play only the 3 test series in jan ,2014..and play the odi & t20 series later in 2014 when both the teams are not committed to other cricket...given the fact that 2015 world cup is in australia and new zealand, playing 5 odi's at the end of 2014 will give that necessary preparations for all the players who are either playing in newzealand for the first time or the second time.

  • on March 1, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    india want success in overseas must prepared swinging tracks on local level

  • on March 1, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    Why did they increase the number of T20 matches?? If you want to shorten a tour, then getting rid of T20s is the easy option! If they're going to shorten it, they should have shortened it to 2 Tests and 3 ODIs.

  • Energetic. on March 1, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Yeah wise move, 5 ODIs, 3 Test matches against a team like New Zealand is too much. Asia Cup may not be cared for outside Asia but for us Asian fans, it has a lot of purpose plus makes huge revenue for Cricket anyway. The last Asia Cup was one of the best but I wonder if a team like Afghanistan will get a chance this time.

  • Dr_Van_Nostrand on March 1, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Hopefully Bangladesh, or even Ireland, can fill the gap left in the NZ summer. It would be criminal for NZ's entire home season to consist of only 2 games of each format.

  • Dr_Van_Nostrand on March 1, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Hopefully Bangladesh, or even Ireland, can fill the gap left in the NZ summer. It would be criminal for NZ's entire home season to consist of only 2 games of each format.

  • Energetic. on March 1, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Yeah wise move, 5 ODIs, 3 Test matches against a team like New Zealand is too much. Asia Cup may not be cared for outside Asia but for us Asian fans, it has a lot of purpose plus makes huge revenue for Cricket anyway. The last Asia Cup was one of the best but I wonder if a team like Afghanistan will get a chance this time.

  • on March 1, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    Why did they increase the number of T20 matches?? If you want to shorten a tour, then getting rid of T20s is the easy option! If they're going to shorten it, they should have shortened it to 2 Tests and 3 ODIs.

  • on March 1, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    india want success in overseas must prepared swinging tracks on local level

  • on March 1, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    a new zealand tour happens only once in 5-6 yrs...i think india should play the full series... may be they could play only the 3 test series in jan ,2014..and play the odi & t20 series later in 2014 when both the teams are not committed to other cricket...given the fact that 2015 world cup is in australia and new zealand, playing 5 odi's at the end of 2014 will give that necessary preparations for all the players who are either playing in newzealand for the first time or the second time.

  • anuajm on March 1, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    BCCI as the leading administrative body for managing cricket world wide and as such should take some responsibility in promoting test cricket to the extent possible. A test series should be for minimum 3 tests or rather not have a test series at all (except against BD/Zim etc.). Indian team is in a transition phase and the new players should get most opportunities to play in alien conditions of NZ/SA/Aus and Eng. NZ series will help the players prepare for the tougher series against England and Australia lined up in 2014-15. And even with their current state, NZ will be a handful in their own backyard. A series of 3 tests, 3 ODI's and 1 T20 would be ideal.

  • on March 1, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    This is just a shame to shorten a series which is pre-planned. I don't understand the strategy of these board to shorten the series to accommodate other things. They could have easily moved the Asia Cup forward into April. But I don't for what reason it didn't happen.

    I would argue that the tour should have gone as planned, and move the Asia Cup a bit forward. So both parties would have been happy and the commitment would have been fulfilled. It doesn't matter if the IPL starts a week later.

  • class9ryan on March 1, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    I probably would want 2 tests, 3 odis and 2 t20s, as a 2 match odi series is just a joke. I would love Afghanistan being included in the Asia Cup ... After all even it is a Asian team and would probably love seeing some stars like Nabi and Zadran

  • on March 1, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Asia Cup should be hosted by Pakistan.Probably at that time the problems will be solved and Pakistan will host Asia Cup InshAllah.

  • aby_prasad on March 1, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Forget India winning or losing. Indian board generates revenues for all board as reported. A bit more respect to them would be highly appreciated than with all the great strategies put forward by experts here. I dont agree with somebody who said some other team can fill the gap. Fill the gap maybe, but fill the revenue gap? Nop! no other board can. I do agree with them who say India needs more such overseas exposure and NZ is a rare opportunity. Well said! When all of us are so revenue-prone in seeking jobs, we cant blame cricket for promoting revenue-generating t20s. Like it or not, it is going to stay and grow. If India persists with the same team for all the format, it is their headache. But once again, respects to the board that generates much-needed revenues for all boards! (except for Aus-Eng series traditionally!)