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|Drop Peshawar as venue advises BCCI team|
Wednesday, February 18 2004 14:35 Hrs (IST)
Back in New Delhi after an eight-day visit to various cricket venues in Pakistan, the three-member BCCI team is understood to have recommended that Indian cricketers should not play any three-day matches during the tour, indicating that it may be of a shorter duration than the originally proposed six weeks.
The BCCI team, which returned from Pakistan, consisting of BCCI joint secretary Ratnakar Shetty, communication director Amrit Mathur and senior police official Yashovardhan Azad, is believed to have submitted a report to Government on Tuesday night with a copy to the BCCI. Its members refused to divulge the recommendations.
The report would be discussed threadbare at the BCCI meeting scheduled on Friday in Kolkata. The team felt that it was not appropriate to make a "detailed exposure" of the cricketers at Peshawar and Karachi because of fears of violence in the two cities, the sources said.
During their stay in Pakistan, the Indian officials visited the stadiums in Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Karachi, Multan, Faisalabad and Lahore. It also assessed the security provided to New Zealand and South African cricket teams during their recent visit to Pakistan.
PCB to wait for security expert's report