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Published: Saturday, February 14, 2004, 17:37 [IST]
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'Final decision rests with the Government'
Saturday, February 14 2004 12:07 Hrs (IST)

New Delhi:Former India cricketer Abbas Ali Baig said a series between India and Pakistan would "create a lot of interest" but a final decision on whether the tour should go ahead rests with the Government.

"Two of the best teams will be playing and the contest would create lot of interest. But I suppose it is a matter of how the Government sees the situation," Baig said.

Sixty-four year old Baig felt the scheduled series would be played in "friendly" spirit and the outcome itself would be of secondary interest.

"The two teams (India and Pakistan) are playing after a long time and I think the games will be played in a spirit of friendship.

"I think the result of the series will not be taken so seriously," the former India Test batsman, with 12,367 first class runs including 21 centuries to his credit, said.

Baig, who in 1959 became the youngest Indian to score a Test hundred on debut, said players' concern for security and fatigue must be the uppermost criteria while deciding on the tour.

"The Government must consider players' safety. The player would also find it tiring and would be fatigued after the long Australian tour. We must see if they are fit enough to give their best," he said.

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