Pakistan team to arrive in India on Feb 25

Published: Saturday, January 8, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Thiruvananthapuram :Pakistan cricket team is expected to arrive in India on February 25 on their first tour to the country since 1999.

Pakistan is scheduled to play three Tests, five One-day Internationals and two practice matches during their 53-day tour, BCCI Secretary S K Nair said here today.

The visiting team would return home on April 18, he said.

BCCI's programme and fixture committee would meet shortly to finalise the venues and the dates, Nair told reporters.

The plan was to hold a three-day practice match before the Test matches begin and there would be also be a One-day practice match before the start of the ODI series, Nair said.

To a question, he said the chance of Kochi being the venue for one of the ODIs could be dim if all the One-dayers are to be day-and-night matches.

However, a representation from the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) requesting that Kochi be made one of the venues of the series was before the BCCI.

"We expect that our representation would get due consideration," Nair, who is also president of KCA, recalling that Kochi had been venue for three matches in the past, he said.

Kolkata would most probably be the venue If India got a chance to hold the second tsunami relief Charity match, Nair said.

Kolkata was considered the preferable venue as that was the place that could fetch handsome collection for the charity match.

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