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Friday, February 13 2004 13:56 Hrs (IST)
Asked for his reaction to reports emanating from New Delhi that Indian Home Ministry favoured rescheduling of the tour until after Lok Sabha polls, PCB chief Shahrayar Khan told reporters that the PCB strongly believed that the tour would take place and it would await an official word from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Replying to a question, he said if the tour does not take place, PCB would have to seek remedy from International Cricket Council.
Khan said PCB went ahead with its arrangements, including the preparations to provide full-proof security to the Indian cricketers and was very much hopeful that the tour would be gone through.
The BCCI and security officials currently visiting Pakistan has been given a detailed demonstration by top Pakistani security officials.
Khan said PCB has already incurred millions of dollars in expenditure for the Indian tour, which has generated tremendous interest among cricket lovers in both the countries. He said if the tour was cancelled or postponed it could result in resentment.
A PCB official said it believed the tour was very much on as the BCCI has given it in writing that the Indian Government has given the permission to play bilateral matches with Pakistan and accordingly the two boards worked on an itinerary.
Therefore, the PCB believed that BCCI would not go back on its commitment, the official added. On approaching the ICC to claim compensation, the PCB said the option was there but it was too early to talk about it.
The reports from New Delhi caused "deep concern" in Pakistan and could turn out to be a "major embarrassment" for both the Governments as Pakistan security officials in an all-out effort to convince the Indian officials organized a practical demonstration of the arrangement which resulted in the entire traffic being blocked for about an hour in Karachi, said the official.
"The postponement could turn out to be an embarrassment for us as well as we are doing all we can," he added.
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