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Pak optimistic about tour by India

Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Lieutenant General Tauqir Zia said on Monday he had received positive signals that India's cricket team could undertake a short tour of Pakistan next month."I have had no direct contacts with any official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently but through a Pakistani official in England I have been conveyed that Indians intend to come on Januray 8," General Zia told AFP.New Delhi recently canclled a scheduled Pakistan tour by their cricket team between December 27 and February 15, citing Pakistan's support for militants in the insurgency-rocked Indian-administered Kashmir."Pakistan's representative in International Cricket Council Ehsan Mani had talked to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Dr A C Muthiah, who told him that India is planning a short tour now," Zia said.India will host Australia in February-March while Pakistan will set off for New Zealand in the second week of February. "For the sake of Asian cricket and for the sake of millions of fans on both sides we are ready to make all-out efforts and love to host India," Zia said.Last week the BCCI chief urged the Indian government to review the cancellation of the Pakistan tour."I am told that BCCI has written for permission once again and they may come to us with a positive thing on Tuesday or Wednesday. Malaysian Cricket Association President Tunko Imran, also an official of Asian Cricket Council, was recently in India and he did try to convince the Indian Board about touring Pakistan," Zia said.Pakistan stands to lose millions of dollars if Indian tour does not materialise. Indian company Sahara Group has offered Pakistan $ 10 million for television rights to the series.No Indian team has visited Pakistan for a full Test tour since 1989-90. Sachin Tendulkar led an Indian team to play only three Limited Over games in Pakistan in 1997.Copyright AFP 2000

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