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India-Pakistan-Australia tri-series in Abu Dhabi maybe shelved

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Abu Dhabi, May 2 (UNI) In a setback to Abu Dhabi's return to international cricket calendar, the proposed India-Pakistan-Australia tri-series here in September is likely to be shelved, according to senior BCCI official I S Bindra.

The former BCCI President visited the Zayed Cricket Stadium, venue of the recent India-Pakistan DLF Cup, yesterday and told reporters that Pakistan had expressed its inability to play in the tournament in September.

''Pakistan have said they will be arriving late from their England tour and then with the Ramadan it will be difficult for them to play in the proposed tournament,'' Mr Bindra was quoted as saying by the ''Gulf News''.

''Secondly, India and Australia were looking at using the event as preparation for the Champions Trophy in October. However, our experience in April here has indicated that it will be pretty warm in September. The idea is to play in a centre which has temperatures akin to North India where most of the Champions Trophy matches will be played,'' he added.

He also revealed that BCCI needed to fulfill its commitment to the West Indies as well.

''The Indian board also has an obligation to West Indies who helped us in our 2011 bid. They have sought our help to raise funds with three ODIs in North America. At that time in August-September the climate is good there. So that is another factor which the Indian Board will have to consider,'' Mr Bindra said.

''The ICC has said that we can play in the country where the Champions Trophy is being held if there is a gap of more than seven days. So North India is also an option while Singapore and Malaysia have also requested to stage the event.'' ''We will be taking a decision very soon. It is left to BCCI Vice President Lalit Modi, who is in charge of the marketing to take a final call in this matter,'' he added.

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