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Sports Ministry, BCCI keen on Pak tour
Thursday, February 12 2004 19:17 Hrs (IST)

New Delhi:As uncertainty clouded the Indian cricket team's tour of Pakistan next month in the wake of Home Minstry's reported apprehensions over security of players, the Sports Ministry and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appeared keen that the series goes on as scheduled.

The External Affairs Ministry on Thursday said it was for the BCCI to decide on the tour. A decision on the tour, however, is likely to be taken only after conclusion of the eight-day visit by the three- member BCCI delegation to Pakistan that went to Karachi on Thursday for an on-the-spot assessment, BCCI sources said.

BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya refused to be drawn into a discussion on whether or not the tour would go on but the sources said "everything seems premature" and the uncertainty was "difficult to understand".

"Look, in view of the security concerns, a three-member BCCI delegation has been sent to Pakistan to assess arrangements at all venues there and it includes a top security expert from the Union Home Ministry. The delegation is yet to return and give its report," sources said inKolkata.

They also said there has not been any communication from the Centre on the issue after its initial go-ahead.

A senior Sports Ministry official said the stakes involved were too high for the tour to be called off now.

Government wants Pak tour to be postponed

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