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Published: Wednesday, January 14, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Indo-Pak first match likely on March 7
Wednesday, January 14 2004 17:25 Hrs (IST)

Islamabad:The Indian team is likely to open its historic tour against Pakistan with a three-day match in Karachi from March 7 after the two Cricket Boards decided to defer the trip by a few days.

According to the itinerary proposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board, India would play their first Test on Pakistan soil in 14 years at the National Stadium in Karachi.

"Though the itinerary is yet tentative, it has been decided that the Indians would play the first Test at Karachi followed by Tests at Lahore and Faisalabad," a Board source was quoted as saying in 'The News'.

"The first two One-day Internationals would be held in Lahore followed by matches at Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Karachi," he said.

The itinerary has already been sent to the Board of Control for CricketIn India (BCCI) for consideration.

Karachi and Peshawar were the two venues that were rejected by South African and New Zealand cricket teams on their tours to Pakistan this season due to security concerns.

However, the Board official said Karachi had been given special place in the coming series and the Indian team would arrive and exit from this city.

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