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Published: Sunday, February 4, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai: The cricket authorities in Sharjah are going ahead 'full steam' with their preparations for a triangular series involving India, Pakistan and Bangladesh from February 8 to 11 to raise funds for the earthquake victims in Gujarat despite Sports minister Uma Bharati rejecting the proposal for such a tournament."As far as we are concerned, the tournament is on and we are going ahead with the necessary arrangements for the event," Mr Zahid Noorani, chief executive of the Cricketers Benefit Fund Series (CBFS), was quoted as saying in local newspapers when contacted to know his reaction to Ms Bharti disapproving of India's participation in the series.Mr Noorani said the tournament was being organised by the Asian Cricket Foundation (ACF) and the CBFS was only providing a venue for a good cause. "The 'yes' or 'no' has to come from ACF president Jagmohan Dalmiya...We are waiting for confirmation or denial from him," he added. He said there was no confusion regarding participation of any team. "All three nations named by the ACF for the tournament are coming according to our information."Ms Bharti had on Saturday told newspersons in Madurai that, "There is no need to play matches against Pakistan in Sharjah or anywhere in the world." She had, however, welcomed the cricket officials' initiative to collect funds for the quake victims. UNIExtras:
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