Cricket: England's floodlit foray

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ENGLISH CRICKET grounds will stage their first floodlit one-day internationals next year, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced yesterday.

"Floodlit cricket in the CGU National Cricket League is already attracting many new converts to the game and its introduction into the international programme will hopefully accelerate this trend still further," said the ECB chief executive, Tim Lamb.

England will play two Tests against Zimbabwe and five against the West Indies during the 2000 season. England, the West Indies and Zimbabwe will also compete in a triangular one-day international series, with the final at Lord's.

Kapil Dev suffered his first setback as India's coach yesterday when his call to curtail the team's international commitments was turned down. Officials also refused to increase Kapil's initial tenure of two years.

ENGLAND'S SUMMER SCHEDULE: 18-22 May: 1st Test, England v Zimbabwe, Lord's; 1-5 June: 2nd Test, England v Zimbabwe, Trent Bridge. 15-19: 1st Test, England v West Indies, Edgbaston; 29 June-3 July: 2nd Test, England v West Indies, Lord's; 3- 7 Aug: 3rd Test, England v West Indies, Old Trafford; 17-21: 4th Test, England v West Indies, Headingley; 31 Aug-4 Sept: 5th Test, England v West Indies, The Oval. Triangular one-day series: 6 July: West Indies v Zimbabwe, Bristol (day/night); 8: England v Zimbabwe, The Oval; 9: England v West Indies, Lord's; 11: West Indies v Zimbabwe, Canterbury; 13: England v Zimbabwe, Old Trafford (day/night); 15: England v West Indies, Chester- le-Street; 16: West Indies v Zimbabwe, Chester-le-Street; 18: England v Zimbabwe, Edgbaston (day/night); 20: England v West Indies, Trent Bridge; 22: Final, Lord's.

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