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Published: Saturday, June 2, 2001, 18:16 [IST]
 
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Mumbai: President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) A C Muthiah on Saturday clarified that the government in a letter to the Board, had stated that bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan and matches at non- regular venues would not be given permission. However, playing Pakistan in multi-nation tournaments had been cleared by the government, he added.Muthiah who was in Mumbai for the headquarters meeting and the announcement of Sahara being the new sponsors of the Indian team said that, "According to the letter we went and finalised the Test match against Pakistan in the Asian Test Championship which is a multi-nation tournament." Muthiah also stated that the BCCI has requested the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) to change the dates of the three One-day match series in Australia since it was clashing with the Asian Test Championship. "If they cannot change the dates, then we will not go to Australia," Muthiah added.The Asian Test Championship will be our priority, the BCCI chief added. UNI

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