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Published: Thursday, February 19, 2004, 21:49 [IST]
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Govt to decide on BCCI's team report shortly
Thursday, February 19 2004 16:19 Hrs (IST)

New Delhi:With the three-member Board on Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) team's report in hand suggesting "minimum exposure" to Indian cricket team during its tour of Pakistan to two venues and scrapping of another, a decision is likely to be taken in a day or two on the venues and schedule of matches to be submitted to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Yashovardhan Azad, the senior Intelligence Bureau official and sole security expert in the BCCI team that had gone to Pakistan to make an assessment of the situation for the Indian cricketers' tour next month, told that a decision would be taken in a day or two.

He said the report submitted by him to the Government had dealt with in detail all aspects of security and all security aspects have been taken care of.

The report, which will be discussed by officials of various ministries including Home Ministry, has recommended "minimising exposure" of Indian cricketers in at least three venues including Karachi and Peshawar, the sources said.

The team felt that it was not appropriate to make a "detailed exposure" of the cricketers in Peshawar and Karachi because of fears of violence in the two cities, the sources said.

The third venue over which concerns have been expressed is understood to be Rawalpindi keeping in view the presence there of the headquarters of all militant outfits.

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