Laloo vows to hold Indo-Pak One-day tie

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2001, 0:14 [IST]
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New Delhi: A veteran Indian politician has vowed to organise a Limited Overs cricket match between India and Pakistan.

Laloo Prasad Yadav, former Chief Minister of Bihar and newly-elected president of the Bihar Cricket Association, plans to hold the match in Patna, capital of Bihar, according to a news agency report.

Yadav said he would do his best to arrange a day-night match between India and Pakistan at the Moin-ul-Haq stadium in the state capital.

"I have taken my election to the post as a challenge and I will contribute my share to prop up Bihar on the world sporting map," he said.

He added that religion and politics would not get in the way of the promotion of sport.

In March, the Indian government refused to allow its cricket team to play in a triangular series involving Pakistan at Sharjah, in the Gulf.

The move prompted Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Lieutenant General Tauqir Zia to say Pakistan would never play India again.

India accuses Pakistan of backing Muslim rebels in the divided Himalayan state of Kashmir, which has sparked two of the rivals' three wars since they gained Independence from Britain in 1947.


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