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Published: Wednesday, January 2, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Islamabad: Despite a decision by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to scrap its forthcoming tour to Pakistan due to security concerns, cricket-starved Pakistan is hopeful that the series would still take place.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Claiming that there were signs of easing up of Indo-Pak tension and banking on the visit of former West Indian captain Clive Lloyd, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials said they would prevail on the West Indies Board to review its decision.Lloyd was due to arrive from Sharjah on Wednesday to begin a coaching camp for Pakistani youngsters. He was expected to be briefed by PCB about the situation.PCB may have to resort to playing at a neutral venue, an idea not altogether ruled out by WICB in its communication to PCB, but its first choice of course would be to host West Indies at home.The West Indies was due to arrive on January 25 for a three-Test and three-match One-day series.PCB chairman Lt Gen Tauqir Zia said he was monitoring the situation and a decision to shift the series to a neutral venue would be taken after the likely meeting between Indian and Foreign Ministers during the SAARC summit in Kathmandu."We would look for a neutral venue only if the Foreign Ministers meeting fails. If the meeting is constructive and situation eases out on the borders, we would press for the series to be played in Pakistan," Zia, also a serving General in Pakistan Army, told reporters. Pakistan has not played Test cricket since June when it beat England in the second of the two Tests in England to draw the series. PTI

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Windies says no to Pak, yes to neutral venue
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