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Thatscricket - News - India not to take part in 2nd edition of ATC: Govt

Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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[an error occurred while processing this directive]New Delhi, August 21: India has decided not to take part in the second edition of Asian Test championships, ending months of speculation. The decision was taken at a meeting between Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, Home Minister LK Advani and External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh here on Tuesday, official sources said. The discussions took place on the basis of a letter Union Sports Minister Uma Bharati wrote to the prime minister suggesting India should not participate in the Asian Test Championship which begins in Multan on August 29 with a match between defending champion Pakistan and newcomer Bangladesh. India was to have kicked off its campaign in the championship with a match against Pakistan in Karachi in September. India's decision to stay away from Asian Test Championship is in line with its break in cricketing ties with pakistan following the Kargil conflict in 1999. India has put an unofficial bar on bilateral cricket contacts with Pakistan at non-regular venues like Sharjah and Toronto but suggested it was not against playing Pakistan in competitions involving more countries. However, India has been allowing sporting contacts with Pakistan at bilateral level in some other disciplines. Uma Bharati is on record as saying India has refrained from engaging Pakistan on cricket field since Kargil as the game is most telling expression of national sentiments in this country. PTI

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