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Published: Monday, February 16, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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PCB may permit Indian security staff on tour
Monday, February 16 2004 17:00 Hrs (IST)

Islamabad:The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to permit Indian security officials to accompany the team during its coming tour of that country in the wake of some Indian players expressing concerns over their security.

"The PCB expects that the Indian team would be accompanied by few Indian security personnel and the issue was discussed during Sunday's meeting with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) delegation in Lahore," PCB spokesman Sami-ul-Hassan told in Islamabad on Monday.

"The BCCI would inform us the number of security officials," he said adding the BCCI would bear the expenditure of their security officials.

He, however, said Pakistan would be responsible for the overall security of the Indian team and that the security officials accompanying the team would co-ordinate with their Pakistani counterparts.

The details of the Indian security officials would be included in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) being finalised by both the Boards, he said.

Hassan recalled that South Africa and New Zealand had also brought security personnel during their recent tours to Pakistan and that the PCB expects India too to send few security personnel.

Both South Africa and New Zealand brought three security persons each who closely co-ordinated arrangements with the Pakistan officials, Hassan said.

The BCCI officials had on Sunday held the final round of talks with the Additional Secretary of Pakistan Interior Ministry, Abdul Rauf Chowdhary and PCB Chief Shaharyar Khan.

Pakistan had allowed over 50 Indian security officials to guard Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the large entourage that took part in the SAARC summit held last year. It had also allowed the Indian officials to bring jammer vehicles to avert explosives on the way.

PCB ready to accommodate Indian concerns

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