Cricket: Board Left Fuming by India Tour Threat
Derek Pringle from Bombay., The Independent (London, England)
IF THE tussle for dominance on the pitch between England and India has only just started, the two country's Boards have been sparring for weeks. In the latest round of brinkmanship, the England and Wales Cricket Board has been told that the Indian team will only play three Tests next summer instead of the four that had been agreed earlier in the year, writes Derek Pringle from Bombay.
The threat comes at a time when relations between the ECB and the Board of Control for Cricket in India have been strained, following the recent palaver over security. It also arrives close on the heels of the ECB's recent refusal to agree to two more one-day internationals - eventually reduced to one - to the five England are due to play in India during January.
"Since October 1998, the Indian Board have been aware of the imbalance this summer," said a spokesman for the ECB yesterday. "We also have a letter dated 8 April 2001 agreeing next summer's Test series and the dates, as well as one dated 10 May, agreeing the one- day tournament that runs before it. …