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Published: Friday, February 13, 2004, 0:55 [IST]
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Pak tour likely to be held in May
Thursday, February 12 2004 19:25 Hrs (IST)

New Delhi:The Indian cricket team's tour of Pakistan is likely to be postponed till after the Lok Sabha elections in May following Home Ministry's advice to theBoard of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to defer the "sensitive" series.

Even as the BCCI and the Sports Ministry were keen that the tour be held as scheduled between March and April, highly placed sources said the Home Ministry has conveyed to BCCI that it has no objection to the cricket tourbeing held after the Lok Sabha elections.

It has been suggested to the BCCI that the schedule for the series be changed accordingly. The BCCI was told that the tour could take place any time after the election process was over in May, the sources said.

They, however, said that a final decision would have to be taken by BCCI after return of the three-member team that is now in Pakistan to assess the security arrangements for the tour.

Explaining the rationale behind the suggestion to the BCCI, the sources said the tour was "sensitive" as even a wrong decision by an umpire could trigger an untoward incident that could lead to further tension in the country.

The Government would like the BCCI to take a decision keeping in view these issues. The sources categorically stated that there was no question of the tour being called off as both the countries have agreed in principle for it.

The schedule for the tour had been worked out earlier at a time when the Government had not taken a decision to go for dissolution of Parliament and early Lok Sabha polls.

Sports Ministry, BCCI keen on Pak tour

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