England to play only two Tests in India

Updated: 15 April 2008 12:11 IST

England's winter tour of India will feature just two Test matches to allow its cricketers to return home for Christmas.

England to play only two Tests in India

Chennai:

England's winter tour of India will feature just two Test matches to allow its cricketers to return home for Christmas.

The Indian cricket board said on Wednesday a scheduling conflict has forced it to clip one test match from the original tour, which will also include seven limited-overs internationals in November-December.

The Indian cricket board's working group late Tuesday accepted that it did not have enough time to schedule three Tests against England after hosting Australia for four Tests in October-November.

It was decided to reduce the Test series to two matches after the Indian board was reluctant to reduce the number of lucrative one-dayers from seven to five.

Releasing India's cricket schedule for the year, cricket board official N. Srinivasan said the dates and venues for the England tour are still to be decided.

Srinivasan said the Indian team will visit Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan during the summer.

The Indian team will tour Bangladesh in June for a limited-overs tri-series also featuring Pakistan, while the visit to Pakistan will be for the Asia Cup.

India's trip to Sri Lanka will comprise three Tests and five limited-overs internationals.

India will return to Pakistan for the ICC Champions Trophy in September, before playing host to Australia and England.

India will start 2009 with yet another trip to Pakistan, featuring three Tests and five one-dayers.



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