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Published: Tuesday, February 17, 2004, 21:40 [IST]
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PCB to wait for security expert's report
Tuesday, February 17 2004 16:10 Hrs (IST)

Islamabad:The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday said it will wait for the full report of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) team's security expert Yashovardhan Azad on his assessment of the visit to Pakistan for India's tour next month in the wake of reports that Karachi and Peshawar may not host Test matches.

Reacting to reports that Azad, who returned to New Delhi on Monday after completing an eight-day tour of Pakistan along with two other officials from BCCI, suggested playing One-day matches in Peshawar and Karachi, PCB spokesman Sami-ul Hassan said the PCB preferred to wait for the full report before formulating its stand.

"Let us wait and see what Azad has to say in the report. Then we will sit and discuss how we can accommodate Indian concerns meeting our requirements," he said.

The PCB chief Shaharyar Khan has already said Pakistan wants some matches to be played in both the cities as they have been deprived of cricket for too long.

The BCCI delegation visited both the centers and inspected facilities in addition to four other cities, where the PCB plans to host three Tests and five One-day Internationals.

Hassan also welcomed Indian Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani's comments on Tuesday that no security officials would accompany the Indian team.

"We are grateful to Advani for reposing such faith in our security system. It certainly will boost the confidence and morale of our security officials and motivate them to do well," he said.

"It is India's prerogative to send or not to send security personnel. Advani's statement indirectly confirms the confidence India has in our security system," he said.

Apart from Azad, the three-member BCCI delegation comprised BCCI joint secretary Prof R S Shetty and communications director Amrit Mathur.

The delegation visited venues at Multan, Karachi, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Lahore and also held talks with Pakistan Interior Ministry Secretary, Tasnim Noorani and top PCB officials.

The itinerary of the tour will be finalised within one week after Azad submits his report to the Home Ministry.

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