Pakistan to tour India in February

Published: Tuesday, September 28, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Pakistan's cricket team will underake a six-week tour of India in February next year to play a series of three Test matches and five One-day internationals, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said.

"Pakistan will be undertaking a much-awaited tour of India next year and we are in consultation with our counterparts for the final dates and venues of the series," Khan said on Monday.

The Indian cricket team toured Pakistan in March-April this year after a thaw in relations between the arch rivals and Khan said Pakistan was happy to make the trip to India in return.

"We are happy that the relations are normalised and cricket is flourishing which is so very necessary for the game," he said. People from both the countries came together when India toured us and now people from Pakistan will go to India and a lot of friendship will develop," he said.

While India won the Test and one-day series on their first tour of Pakistan since 1989, the PCB earned as much as 23 million dollars from the tour.

Pakistan had to revise its programme for next year by inviting Sri Lanka in October this year instead of February-March as scheduled to accommodate the India tour.

Pakistan is likely to play the Tests first, with the five-day matches expected to start from February 25, two weeks after their return from Australia. The five one-day matches will follow.

It will be Pakistan's first Test tour to India since early 1999. Pakistan have also agreed to play a one-day international in India on November 13 this year to mark the 75th anniversary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

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