Dalmiya, Verma hail Pak hospitality

Published: Thursday, May 6, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:Indian Sports Minister Vikram Verma and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)president Jaghmohan Dalmiya have showered lavish praise on the Pakistan Government, its cricket Board and the people for their "exemplary" hospitality during the recent series.

"Let me thank you for the courtesies extended to my colleagues and me during our memorable visit to Lahore," Verma said in a letter to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan.

"I feel overwhelmed by the affectionate feeling and sentiments expressed by citizens of Pakistan for Indians and India. I am delighted the way you and your officials helped us during our stay and look forward to your support and enthusiasm in strengthening Indo-Pakistan friendship and cooperation in all spheres," Verma said.

Dalmiya, in his letter to PCB chief executive Rameez Raja, said the BCCI was delighted that the Indian team's tour of Pakistan after a long gap of 14 years went so successfully.

"Despite the apprehensions of safety and security, the way the Indian team was received in Pakistan was exemplary," Dalmiya wrote.

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