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Published: Sunday, February 15, 2004, 22:59 [IST]
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Azhar welcomes resumption of Indo-Pak series
Sunday, February 15 2004 17:29 Hrs (IST)

Hyderabad:Former Indian captain Mohammed Azharuddin on Sunday welcomed the Government's decision to go ahead with India's cricket tour of Pakistan, saying the series would do help the game in both the countries.

"I welcome the decision as such initiatives will be good for cricket in both the countries," Azharuddin said after playing in a recreation match in Hyderabad on Sunday.

The External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha on Saturday announced that the tour of Pakistan, the first since 1989-90 and which had become doubtful after players expressed safety concerns, was cleared.

Azharuddin, who is contesting a life ban after his alleged involvement in the match fixing scandal, said India were the favourites in the upcoming series in March-April.

"India has a strong and experienced side when compared to the present day team of Pakistan. We should have a good chance," he said.

The 41-year-old proved his fitness in a Limited Over cricket match scoring a sparkling 37 off 31 balls and taking a brilliant catch for Veterans XI against Press Club XI.

The Veterans, who included former Ranji players, won the match by 37 runs. Electing to bat, Veterans scored 143 for six in 25 overs with former Ranji player Abdul Azeem making 49 and Azharuddin cracking four hits to the fence and one huge six in his 37.

In reply, Press Club were bundled out for 111 with Krishna Rao (35) being the main contributor.

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