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|India's tour of Pak could be deferred: Dalmiya|
Friday, February 20 2004 21:40 Hrs (IST)
"Possibly we may not be able to go to Pakistan on the dates talked about earlier. The tour could be delayed by five to six days. We have discussed over the itinerary but it is not yet finalised. We would be announcing about it on Saturday," Dalmiya told a press conference.
As proposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Indian team's tour of Pakistan was to start on March 4. But Dalmiya's announcement means now it will start in the second week of the month.
The BCCI chief also made it clear that the team would play three Test matches and five One-dayers on the tour besides playing in a warm-up game.
"Three Tests and five One-dayers, yes we will play this much. Delaying of the series also does not mean that we would not play in the warm-up game. Definitely we will play that," Dalmiya said. He also did not rule out the possibility of splitting the tour into two parts.
"Which tour has not been played on two parts. There are different set of players for the Test and One-dayers. So wait till Saturday and you will come to know," he said when asked whether there would be a break after the Test series.
Asked whether the team would play matches in Karachi and Peshawar, the two venues where India have reservations playing, Dalmiya said, "wait till Saturday."
"We have to work out some more details before finalising the itinerary. We are in constant touch with Pakistan Cricket Board and even on Friday I had a discussion with them."
The BCCI chief said he had an informal discussion with the Home Ministry and Sports Ministry on Friday. Dalmiya also said he discussed about the tour dates with the Election Commission, and "we have got more or less clearance from them. The proposed dates are okay with them."
Dalmiya was closeted for more than four hours with BCCI joint secretary Ratnakar Shetty and director communications Amrit Mathur, who were part of the three-member delegation that took stock of security scenario in Pakistan, to discuss the tour details.
BCCI to finalise tour itinerary next week