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Venues should not bother players: Amarnath
Friday, February 20 2004 20:06 Hrs (IST)

Patiala:Former Indian all-rounder Mohinder Amarnath has said the Indian team should not be bothered by the security concerns surrounding some of the venues in Pakistan and rather concentrate on "doing well for the country" during their tour next month.

"A player's concern is to do well for his team and for his country. I think players should not be bothered about anything else as the whole idea is to perform," Amarnath said.

"I believe that when you play for India, wherever you have to play, you must. You cannot demand that you will play on a particular ground and not on the other," he said.

Reacting to India's reported concerns about two venues - Karachi and Peshawar, he said, "when a team is playing for India, it should not be bothered about such things."

The three-member BCCI delegation, which went to Pakistan to assess the security arrangements for the tour, had two venues or atleast have least possible stay at these venues.

Amarnath said the tour would be tough and pose a big challenge to players from both the teams. "It is always a contest when we play in Pakistan. It does not matter whether you play there after a gap of 5 years or 10 years, the fact remains that playing in Pakistan is always a challenge."

On how the performance by the Indians during their tour Down-Under would help them in Pakistan, the all-rounder said there was no resemblance between the two. "Every tour is a new tour. Australian tour is over now, we cannot say how we will play in Pakistan. The wickets and the climate are going to be different," he said.

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