Schedule for England tour of India announced
After the ECB managed to arm-twist the BCCI
into announcing the schedule for the England team's tour of India early this year, there was a lot of apprehension and wrangling over the schedule
and choice of venues
, possibly a result of issuing an ultimatum
There were further twists when it became apparent that apparently Chennai should have hosted a test
during the England series rather than be saddled with a wash-out in the rainy season
while hosting Sri Lanka. The ECB apparently mulled about playing tour games in Pakistan
as a snub to the BCCI for refusing to accede to their requests
All is well that ends well though. The schedule is out
. There are two tour games with the first one kicking off the tour on 18 February, a day before India's tour of Pakistan
ends. The tests are scheduled to start on March 1, 9 and 18. The one-dayers are on March 28, March 31, April 3, April 6, April 9, April 12 and April 15.
Seven one-dayers is overkill for sure!Update:
On the way back home after posting this entry, I had a sneaking feeling that I'd screwed up. My fears were confirmed when I now checked the dateline on the schedule. It said December 8 2005. I will partly blame the Beeb though. They had a nice prominent link saying 'England tour dates' and I fell for it. I won't delete this post though. But it has been a total faux pas and this just means I need to be a lot more careful!