India to play in junior cricket tourney in Pak

Published: Friday, October 17, 2003, 20:59 [IST]
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Lahore: An Indian junior team will visit Pakistan for the forthcoming Under-19 Asian cricket tournament, officials said, expressing the hope it would facilitate revival of Pakistan-India cricket ties. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are the other two participants in the four-nation tournament, which is due to start on October 31 in the main cities of Karachi and Lahore. "We hope that the junior team get the feel in Pakistan and their tour would pave way for the revival of cricketing ties put on hold for so long," Pakistan Cricket Board chief executive Ramiz Raja said on Friday. No Indian team has visited Pakistan since an Under-19 team toured the country in 1999. India snapped all bilateral cricketing ties after an attack on its Parliament in December 2001. Pakistan last toured India in 1999-2000 despite threats from Hindu fundamentalists. "We have kept our fingers crossed that India will tour us February-March next year," said Raja. India is scheduled to tour Pakistan to play three Tests and as many One-day games but the final approval of the tour depends on government clearance. Both countries agreed to resume ties at junior level during a meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) in London in June this year. India's junior team will play all their matches in Lahore as they wanted to avoid the troubled port city of Karachi for security reasons. The 50-over-a-side matches in the single league event will be day games. Each country will nominate one umpire. Schedule: October 31 - Pakistan vs Bangladesh (Karachi), Sri Lanka vs India (Lahore) November 2 - Pakistan vs India (Lahore), Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka (Karachi) November 4 - Pakistan vs Sri Lanka (Karachi), Bangladesh vs India (Lahore) November 6 - Final (Lahore) Copyright AFP 2001

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