Pak to play in BCCI's platinum jubilee match

Published: Friday, July 16, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad :Pakistan has agreed in principle to visit India for a One-day International cricket match later this year as part of the platinum jubilee celebrations of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Pakistan's decision to play the One-dayer on November 14 follows a request from the BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, who had asked for staging of three One-dayers as part of the celebrations, (Pakistan Cricket Board) PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said.

"But we told them that since both countries were already playing a lot in One-day matches, this year it would not be feasible to have a three-match series. But on their insistence we have agreed to play a one-off match on November 14 and they will inform us of the venue soon," Shaharyar was quoted as saying by local daily The News.

He said that South Africa would also be touring India at that time but BCCI specially wanted Pakistan to play the platinum jubilee celebration match.

"We have now sent them our consent in writing and asked them to confirm the proposed venue," he added.

He also disclosed that during a recent meeting in London with Dalmiya and other BCCI officials, Pakistan's tour to India early next year had been given the green signal.

"It is definitely on but the exact scheduling is yet to be done. But we found out that March-April would be the best period for us to tour India," he said.

Shaharyar said Pakistan would play exactly same number of matches -- three Tests and five One-dayers that India played on their recent tour to Pakistan.

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