Windies, Lanka to play four ODIs each in India in Jan, Feb

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Nagpur, Nov 12 (UNI) The West Indies and Sri Lanka will play four one-day international matches each during their forthcoming tour of India early next year.

The West Indies will play four ODIs between January 21-30 and Sri Lanka another four between February 8-17, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Niranjan Shah told reporters here today.

The schedule was finalised at a meeting of BCCI's Programme and Fixtures Committee held here today.

Mr Shah also said the Asia Cup for Women would be held in India in December next year with teams from Sri Lanka and Pakistan, besides hosts India, participating.

A quadrangular series for women would be held in February and March 2007 with Australia, New Zealand, England and ndia participating, he said. The venues are yet to be decided.

The BCCI has also decided to hold two domestic tournaments on the lines of Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy to promote women's cricket in the country, Mr Shah added.

Domestic teams would play 50-over inter-zonal matches in a league format, with the winners proceeding to the knock-out stage.

Similarly, there would be a separate tournament for the teams from each of the five zones.

He said the zone-level matches would be of two days duration.

The itinerary: West Indies Tour in India (Four ODIs): Jan 18: Arrival at Mumbai Jan 21: 1st ODI at Nagpur (Day match) Jan 24: 2nd ODI at Cuttack (Day/Night) Jan 27: 3rd ODI at Chennai (Day/Night) Jan 30: 4th ODI at Baroda (Day) Sri Lanka Tour of India (Four ODIs): Feb 6: Warm up match at Mumbai Feb 8: 1st ODI at Pune (Day match) Feb 11: 2nd ODI at Rajkot (Day) Feb 14: 3rd ODI at Goa (Day) Feb 17: 4th ODI at Vizag (Day) UNI UNI AB MAZ PDS PM1731

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