Laloo move on Indo-Pak ties welcomed

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad: Pakistan has welcomed Laloo Prasad Yadav's plans to host an India- Pakistan cricket match in his native state of Bihar, with the offer coming from an Indian politician who is highly popular here for his ready wit. "We'll think it over and for sure consider it seriously if we get an invitation to play in India," a spokesman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said. Laloo Yadav, former Chief Minister of Bihar and the newly elected president of the Bihar Cricket Association, has said he will do his best to arrange a day-night match between India and Pakistan at the Moinul Haq Stadium in state capital Patna. It is good that Yadav has said religion and politics should not get in the way of sport, but will he be able to provide protection to the players, Sarfraz Nawaz, a former Test player, asked. In March, the Indian government had refused to allow its cricket team to play in a triangular series involving Pakistan at Sharjah. The move prompted PCB chairman Lt Gen Tauqir Zia to say Pakistan would never play India again. Extras:
Laloo vows to hold Indo-Pak One-day tie

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