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Friday, February 13 2004 14:26 Hrs (IST)
"Not yet. I have not received any communication from the Government till now," BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya told when asked whether the Government has sent any communication to cancel or postpone the historic tour.
Dalmiya's comments came after reports from Delhi said that the Union Home Ministry has suggested to the BCCI to postpone the tour beginning in the first week of March till after the Lok Sabha polls in April-May.
Union Minister of State (Home) Swami Chinmayanand has also confirmed on Thursday evening that a rethinking was being done on the tour following the recent happenings in Pakistan mainly with regard to the exposure of nuclear proliferation by the Pakistani scientists.
"We have been forced to think again. Our intelligence agencies have advised us to think again," Chinmayanand said. The BCCI president has also said he would not be able to say anything till the three-member BCCI team, currently in Pakistan to oversee the security arrangements, returns on Monday.
Dalmiya has already gone on record saying that BCCI would abide by whatever advisory it would receive from the Government in this regard.
Incidentally Chinamayanand has also said the Government would take a final decision only after this team, which also include a top security officer from the Home Ministry, comes back from Pakistan and submits a report.
The three-member BCCI team headed by its joint secretary Ratnakar Shetty, include IGP (Security) Yashovardhan Azad of the Home Ministry. The team is currently visiting all the cricket six venues in Pakistan as hotels there the team would be put up to review the security arrangements.
Indian cricket team's tour to Pakistan, first in the last 15 years, was scheduled to begin in the first week of March and the itinerary of the tour was also to be finalised during the BCCI team's trip to the neighbouring country.
PCB awaits BCCI's response, may approach ICC