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|India to play ODIs ahead of Tests on Pak tour|
Saturday, February 21 2004 18:18 Hrs (IST)
The tour will begin with the One-day International series preceded by a warm-up match on March 11. The first One-day International will be played at Karachi on March 13 followed by the second at Rawalpindi on March 16. The next One-dayer will be at Peshawar on March 19 and Lahore will be the venue for the last two matches of the series on March 21 and 24.
During the 40-day tour, the first Test will be played at Multan between March 28 to April 1, the second at Lahore between April 5 to April 9 and the third at Rawalpindi from April 13 to April 17. The team will return on April 18.
Announcing this Dalmiya said, "We could not accommodate Karachi and Peshawar in the Test series. But we hope in future these venues will considered for Test matches."
Dalmiya said the Indian team would be selected on March 3 at Kolkata. The team will then assemble on March 8 at New Delhi where the Home Ministry and the External Affairs Ministry will brief the players on the "do's and don'ts" for the tour, Dalmiya said.
Asked why the One-dayers preceded the Test series, he said there were two reasons for holding the Limited Overs series first.
"The team has come from Australia after a One-day series so it would be easier for them to adjust. We understand the importance of the elections and drew up the itinerary so that there is minimum interference with the election process," Dalmiya said.
Dalmiya said that visa rules would be relaxed to enable Indian cricket lovers to visit Pakistan for the series. "Both the Governments are working out details to make thevisa procedures easier for the fans wishing to visit Pakistan," he said.
Mr Jagmohan Dalmiya said the BCCI took into consideration the recommendations of the Home Ministry while finalising the itinerary for the historic tour. "As desired by the Home Ministry security officials would accompany the team to Pakistan. But their job would be limited to co-ordination and liaison only."
Dalmiya also said the Indian players can take their families with them from the beginning of the tour although the BCCI generally allows them to join the players in the second part of an overseas series.
March 10: Indian team arrives in Lahore
March 11: One-day practice match, Lahore
March 13: First One-dayer, Karachi
March 16: Second One-dayer, Rawalpindi (day-night)
March 19: Third One-dayer, Peshawar
March 21: Fourth One-dayer, Lahore (day-night)
March 24: Fifth One-dayer, Lahore (day-night)
March 28-April 1: First Test, Multan
April 5-9: Second Test, Lahore
April 13-17: Third Test, Rawalpindi
April 18: Team returns to India
'India's tour of Pak could be deferred'