Thatscricket - News - IND~~s refusal incomprehensible say Pak

Published: Sunday, February 4, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi: Pakistan on Sunday expressed disappointment and disgust over New Delhi's decision to refuse a tri-nation series in aid of earthquake victims in Gujarat. "We received official words from Asian Cricket Foundation (ACF) chairman Jagmohan Dalmiya that the tri-nation series is off. This is disappointing in the sense that we wanted to play the series on humanitarian grounds," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Lieutenant General Tauqir Zia said. "India is isolating itself from international cricket," Zia told AFP. "The way the Indians are behaving I see a danger for tri-nation series in Sharjah as well," he said. The ACF had earlier this week proposed a three-nation series in the Gulf state of Sharjah involving arch rivals Pakistan and India as well as Bangladesh to raise funds for victims of India's devastating earthquake. But Indian Sports Minister Uma Bharti on Saturday rejected the proposal, saying she stood by the Indian government's stance of not having cricketing ties with Pakistan, whom India accuse of fomenting violence in held Kashmir. Commenting on the Indian decision Pakistan's Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar said, "Frankly it is incomprehensible for us." But he added, "We would not like to bring cricket into state affairs."Zia said, "We wanted to offer our help for the victims of Gujarat and they said no. "I never expected the Indian government will turn it down because there was only humanity factor involved," he said. Zia said India's refusal to play Pakistan would be discussed at the International Cricket Council's (ICC) conference in Australia later this month. "After India's constant refusal we are now left with no choice other than to raise the matter at ICC meeting and we would not approve the ICC's ten-year programme of cricket schedules," he warned. The ICC will put for approval a ten-year schedule to all Test playing countries in Melbourne this month. "We will play India at least four times during 10 years and if they refuse to tour us all the time then why sign such a programme," he said. India refused to play Pakistan in the 1999 and 2000 Toronto series besides snubbing a tour to Pakistan late last year. They also turned down an invitation by Malaysia to feature in a tri-nation promotional event involving Pakistan and Malaysia. Copyright AFP 2000

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