Team India has an off day in Wagah

Published: Friday, April 2, 2004, 22:38 [IST]
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Lahore:Fresh from a historic win on Pakistani soil, the Indian cricket team on Friday took a day off and visited the Wagah border to witness the spectacular flag-lowering ceremony.

The cricketers travelled 25 km east of Lahore to experience the ceremony featuring personnel of the Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistani Rangers in all their splendour.

The ceremony, held every evening, attracts visitors from either sides of the Wagah border for the lowering of the flags at sun down and closing of the gates at the international border.

The Indian team had earlier spent the day in the team hotel following a late-night "celebration dinner".

"Friday is total rest for the team. We had a celebration dinner last night," said a team official.

The Indian team enjoyed the dinner alongwith some other close friends invited at Pearl Continental hotel in Lahore.

"We leave the celebration matters to youngsters and they plan how to celebrate a win," said stand-in captain Rahul Dravid.

"We will celebrate it in a big way once we win the series because it would be a huge satisfaction," said the captain.

The team flew in late in the evening from Multan, where they recorded the first Test win on Pakistan soil by beating Pakistan by an innings and 52 runs, and after settling down, had the dinner which went late into the night.

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