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Published: Tuesday, February 17, 2004, 16:46 [IST]
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Karachi, Peshawar will stage matches: PCB
Tuesday, February 17 2004 11:16 Hrs (IST)

Lahore:Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shaharyar Khan ruled out shifting matches from Karachi and Peshawar, the two venues where India has concerns over safety and security of its cricketers, but said that foolproof security would be ensured for the visitors.

"We will play in Karachi and Peshawar," Khan said in Lahore when asked whether there was any move to skip these two centres during the upcoming series.

"We are sensitive to India's feelings that a long stay of nine or ten days (at these two cities) may be a problem for the players. It may weigh heavily on their minds. But we will work out everything to the satisfaction of both sides," he said.

Observing that it was good that the two sides are going ahead with the much-awaited series, he said, "we are fully prepared for it and we are taking foolproof precautions and making all the necessary security arrangements at the stadiums and elsewhere."

Shaharyar said people in Pakistan were ready to warmly welcome the Indian team. "We are looking forward to a very good cricket contest," he said.

The PCB chief said India-Pakistan cricket matches often tended to become "prestige-oriented".

"We hope this time it will be cricket oriented." he said and recalled the match at Chennai where the local crowds lustily supported India to the hilt.

"When India lost that match, they same crowd gave a standing ovation to Pakistani team." he said.

While it was good to have emotions on such occasions, this should not lead to political overtones.

"There should be a sporting spirit."

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