First Test to go as scheduled: BCCI

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New Delhi, Nov 18 (UNI) The BCCI today said there will be no change in the schedule of the first Test between India and England despite a potential clash of dates with the final of the inaugural Champions League on December 10.

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who is also the skipper of the Chennai Super Kings might have to miss the final of the Champions League if his team manges to reach the summit clash in Chennai.

The Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) had requested to delay the Test by a day so that Dhoni could play for IPL franchise and then come back to Ahmedabad the next day and play the opening Test against England.

But the BCCI vice president Lalit Modi said prospect has been ruled out and the first Test will be played as scheduled and Dhoni will have to make his presence in the opening Test.

''No such thing will happen,'' Modi told BBC Sport and added, ''We looked at rationalising the schedule but it's not possible.'' The ECB clearly rejected the proposal and its chairman Giles Clarke and chief executive David Collier conveyed the same to Modi at a meeting over the weekend.

The change of dates would allow teams only two days' of time before the second Test begins on December 19 at Mumbai.

''We don't even know if Chennai will be in the final, because the Champions League is yet to start.

''But whatever happens, Dhoni will definitely play in the first Test, starting as scheduled on December 11,'' Modi added.


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