Test to be held as per schedule: Modi

Lalit Modi said even if Super Kings would reach the final, Dhoni will represent India in the Test instead of playing T20 Champions League final.

updated: November 19, 2008 18:07 IST
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New Delhi:

BCCI Vice-President Lalit Modi on Tuesday said the first Test between England and India would be held as per the schedule and Mahendra Singh Dhoni will lead the team as it was not a "rational" proposition to postpone the match in view of the Champions League final.

The BCCI had proposed to postpone the Test by a day to December 12 so that Dhoni could play the Twenty20 Champions League day-night final on December 10 while also making it to the first match against England, but Modi ruled out any such thing happening.

Modi said it was not certain if Chennai Super Kings would reach the final and even if it does, Dhoni will represent India in the December 11-15 instead of playing in the December 10 day-night Twenty Champions League final.

"No such thing will happen. We looked at rationalising the schedule but it's not possible," he said.

"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," he added.

India's proposal did not go down well with the ECB with Chairman Giles Clarke and Chief Executive David Collier telling Modi as much during a meeting in India over the weekend to resolve England players' participation in next year's IPL.

The postponement had its own problems with the teams getting only two days to recover before the second Test to be played at Mumbai from December 19.

Professional Cricketers' Association Chief Executive Sean Morris welcomed Modi's comments.

"This preserves the sanctity of Test cricket," he was quoted as saying by 'BBC Sport'.