Thatscricket - News - Pak moots strict security for Indian team visit
Published: Saturday, February 10, 2001, 21:15 [IST]
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BCCI to seek govt nod on Pak trip
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Karachi: Tight security will be in place when the Indian cricket team travel to Pakistan for an ice breaking Test match in September, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Lieutenant General Tauqir Zia said on Sunday.[an error occurred while processing this directive]"We have planned special tight security during the Lahore Test in September this year," Zia told reporters, adding that he hoped the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would be given the all-clear by the Indian government for the visit.India is scheduled to play their first Test in Pakistan in 12 years when it features in an Asian Test Championship match from September 12 to 16.When India played its last Test series in Pakistan in 1989-90 a religious party activist attacked then-Indian captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth during the Karachi Test. Srikkanth though escaped unscathed as security personnel arrested the attacker."We know the needs of security and will not slack in our duties," Zia said.After last week's inconclusive Agra Summit between Pakistan and India there were fears the Test may come under threats from extremists.But Zia said he was hopeful the match was still on."As far as we know they will come to Pakistan in the second week of September and we are gearing up for that."The BCCI is intent on improving cricketing relations with PCB, he said."Both the boards are keen on improving relations and as a gesture we will send a Pakistan A team to India in October," he added."We also want to invite India and Sri Lanka to Pakistan for an under-19 tournament to prepare for the under-19 World Cup." New Zealand hosts the biennial under-19 World Cup in January and February next year.Zia said a four-member selection committee would meet next week to select Pakistan probables for a training camp for the Asian Test Championship. Defending champions Pakistan will play Bangladesh in the championship opener in Multan from August 29.