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Published: Saturday, May 1, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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'We are happy to play in front of our fans'
Saturday, May 1 2004 11:07 Hrs (IST)

Dubai:Pakistan was very keen to play India in the proposed One-day unofficial cricket match at Abu Dhabi, skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq has said.

He said the Abu Dhabi Cricket Control Board (ADCCB) had invited the Pakistan team and that the players were very much looking forward to playing in the UAE.

Reacting to a media report which quoted a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official as saying that the PCB was clueless about both the proposed match as well as the participation of the Pakistan players, Inzamam said the team had been approached and it had agreed to play.

"I have confirmed to the ADCCB official that I will be playing the match and so have all the other current players," Inzamam told the Gulf News daily over the phone from Pakistan.

"We know cricket is very popular in the UAE and we are most happy to play there in front of our fans," he added.

The ADCCB officials have all along stated that PCB officials and a top-ranked BCCI official were contacted before approaching the respective set of players.

Inzamam, however, wondered whether the match "was on" following the negative response from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya has said the Board was not in the know of such an event and would not release its current players for the game.

ADCCB officials, who are in India to persuade the officials concerned to release the players for the exhibition match, sounded confident.

"We are trying and are very optimistic that the BCCI will release the players to make our inaugural match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium a memorable one," B R Shetty, ADCCB president and managing director said.

When his attention was drawn to the PCB official's statement that they were clueless about the proposed match, Shetty said all the players of Pakistani team have signed to play in the May 14 match.

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