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Asia Cup cricket postponed

12/5/2005

MUMBAI, Dec 4 (AFP) : Cricket's six-nation Asia Cup due to take place in Pakistan early next year has been postponed after Indian complained that their players faced a gruelling schedule, officials said Sunday.
"The tournament will be organised later at a mutually convenient date," Indian cricket chief Sharad Pawar told reporters im Mumbai after a meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Hosts Pakistan agreed to India's request to cancel the limited-overs tournament to give Indian players respite from their non-stop schedule, officials said.
Asia's premier event featuring India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the United Arab Emirates and Oman was to be organised by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) in Pakistan from February 16-28 next year.
The event was sandwiched between India's tour of Pakistan in January-February and England's tour of India starting in the last week of February.
"India play three Tests and five one-dayers in Pakistan and another three Tests and seven one-dayers at home against England, so another one-day series is not a good idea," a BCCI source told AFP earlier Sunday..
The biennial Asia Cup was planned by Asian Cricket Council chief Jagmohan Dalmiya, who stepped down as its president on Saturday following his faction's defeat in last week's BCCI elecPawar is certain to replace Dalmiya as the ACC president since India's term to head the continental body lasts until June.
The Indian team has been on the road since August, playing in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe before returning home for 12 one-dayers against Sri Lanka and South Africa in November.