BCCI defends selection of venues for home series against Engl

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New Delhi, Jul 15 (UNI) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today defended its selection of venues for the home series against England later this year after the ECB came out with severe criticism of the proposed itinerary.

''We would like to remind the ECB that our venues are always decided on the basis of a rotation policy,'' BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah was quoted as saying by Cricketnirvana.com.

''The itinerary for the England tour has been finalised on the basis of this rotation policy,'' he added.

The ECB is miffed at the fact that the tour, which comprises seven one-dayers and two Tests, will mostly take place in smaller centers like Jamshedpur and Guwahati and will give the more famous grounds the miss.

While the one-dayers are scheduled at Rajkot, Indore, Kanpur, Jamshedpur, Cuttack, Guwahati and Delhi, the Tests will be played at Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

Shah, however, defended the BCCI's right to select venues of its own choice.

''We do not quite understand how and why the ECB has chosen to air its grievances over this policy in the media,'' he said.

''Whenever the Indian team has toured England, some of the venues have not been up to the mark in terms of facilities for Indian players and supporters. However, we have complied and gone ahead and played, for it is the host board's prerogative to fix the itinerary.'' UNI AB RKM KN1716

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