Pakistan will play in Dubai: DCC

Published: Thursday, June 15, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai: Cricket authorities here have expressed confidence that Pakistan will go ahead with their tour of Dubai in September to play three One-day matches.

"As far as we are concerned, the Pakistani team's tour is on," Dubai Cricket Council (DCC) secretary Vikram Kaul told UNI when asked to comment on reports from Karachi that Pakistan have withdrawn from the series.

Mr Kaul said, "I have not been informed by anyone from Pakistan," that the tour was off.

The news reports from Karachi said the DCC had invited India and Pakistan to play three One-dayers in Dubai on their way back home from Toronto.

The Indians turned down the invitation, saying the series was not part of the ICC calendar, after which the DCC invited Sri Lanka to play three matches with Pakistan.

Meanwhile, 'Gulf News' quoted Mr Zahid Bashir, an official of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), as denying that Pakistan had pulled out of the Dubai tournament.

"The reports which appeared in the Pakistani newspapers are false. We have already given our confirmation to the DCC. Letters have been sent this morning (Wednesday) confirming the tour. We have heard that India is not coming but we are ready to play against Sri Lanka. The tour is on and we will be there on September 21," Mr Bashir said.

He said, "It is clear that some people are against Pakistan playing in Dubai and they have planted this story (in the media)."


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