To accommodate Asia Cup, India may trim 2014 NZ tour
Posted on: 08:44 PM IST Mar 01, 2013
New Delhi: India may trim their 2014 tour to New Zealand from 21 days to 14 days as the BCCI is considering accommodating the Asia Cup around that time, ESPNcricinfo reported on Friday.
According to the ICC's Future Tours Programme (FTP), India is scheduled to play three Tests, five ODIs and a single T20 International in February-March next year, but it may be trimmed down to two Tests, two ODIs and two T20s.
The report also said that Nimbus, the broadcast partner for that tour and Asia Cup, has been informed about the possible change in the original itinerary. Although no formal agreement has been reached between the BCCI and New Zealand Cricket (NZC), it is reported that the tour will be curtailed.
There was a concern over the tour being called off but several months of negotiations between the two boards ensured an amicable arrangement for all parties. It is, however, not yet known whether the BCCI will compensate the NZC for trimming down the tour, the report said.
India have a packed schedule for the first half of 2014, with a tour to South Africa being followed by a trip to New Zealand. They will then visit Bangladesh either side of the IPL for the ICC World Twenty20 and a short ODI series.
Is it appropriate by the BCCI to curtail a major tour to accommodate the Asia Cup?