Pakistan to meet India in junior cricket tournament

Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi: Arch rivals Pakistan and India will meet each other at Under-17 level in Dhaka next month, officials said on Wednesday. "India has confirmed participation in the ICC-ACC (International Cricket Council- Asian Cricket Council) Under-17 Tournament in Dhaka, Bangladesh, next month," tournament director Aneel Kalawar told reporters.Kalawar, Secretary of the Singapore Cricket Association, is currently in Pakistan to finalise the programme of the event with ACC secretary Zakir Hussain Syed and ICC development manager for the Asian region Nasimul Ghani. India withdrew from the five-match Toronto series in September last year, protesting at Islamabad's alleged support to insurgents in the Indian part of the divided Himalayan state of Kashmir. It also cancelled a scheduled tour of Pakistan by its team in December. A year before, the organisers of the Toronto series had to arrange two different series after India refused to play Pakistan because of bilateral political tensions. "India has confirmed its participation and is placed in group A along with Sri Lanka, Malaysia, UAE and Oman," Kalawar said. The tournament will be played at Dhaka between February 15-25. The first ICC-ACC Under-17 event was held in Pakistan last year but India did not send a team. India also turned down an invitation to play a tri-nation series with Pakistan in Malaysia earlier this month. "It will be in the best interest of the game in Asia if Pakistan and India play each other because their ties can motivate other Asian countries," Kalawar said. India has not made a full Test tour of Pakistan since the 1989-90 season. Pakistan played three Tests and a triangular series in India in 1999 despite threats from Hindu fundamentalists and the digging up of a pitch in New Delhi.The arch rivals last played in the Asia Cup in Dhaka in June last year and are expected to meet in a tri-nation series in Sharjah in April this year.Copyright AFP 2000Extras:
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