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Published: Tuesday, February 17, 2004, 17:14 [IST]
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BCCI likely to seek changes in itinerary
Tuesday, February 17 2004 11:44 Hrs (IST)

New Delhi:The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) team, which went to Pakistan for an assessment of the security for Indian cricket team's tour of that country next month, is understood to have suggested that Test matches be avoided in Peshawar and Karachi and only One-day Internationals be held there to drastically cut the duration of the squad's stay there.

In view of the security concerns, India is likely to seek significant changes in the draft itinerary for the team's tour prepared by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that has however ruled out any change of venue.

The three-member team, which included senior official of Intelligence Bureau Yashwardhan Azad, is likely to suggest that One-day matches be played in these two venues since they would entail only about two days of stay, informed sources said.

It also favoured holding of Test matches in Faisalabad, Lahore and Rawalpindi, they said.

The team, which also included BCCI joint secretary Ratnakar Shetty and communication director Amrit Mathur, on its return from Pakistan, where they held extensive discussions with PCB top brass and security officials, held talks with concerned authorities in Pakistan and is understood to have conveyed that eight days in Karachi and Peshawar are too many from the security point of view."

Close proximity security cover by Indian security personnel for the Indian team may figure in the discussions the three-member delegation has with the concerned.

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