PCB undeterred by Shivsena~~s threat

Published: Saturday, January 22, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:Pakistan on Saturday said that it was undeterred by a threat to disrupt their One-day cricket match in New Delhi and that they would certainly go ahead with the tour next month.

Reacting to the threat issued on Friday by Shiv Sena's Delhi Unit, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan told Geo TV that the organisation had issued similar threats in 1999 but the team went ahead with the tour.

"When we went there in 1999, at that time also they issued threats and caused some damage. We will go ahead and play where we think we should. Security is in the hands of our hosts, the Indian Board. We will certainly go and we will not be deterred because of threats," he said.

According to the proposed venues for the series, New Delhi would be hosting one of the five One-Day Internationals between the archrivals most likely in the first week of April.

Though the venues would be finalised only after a visit by a two-member venue inspection committee from Pakistan, Delhi unit of Shiv Sena did not lose time in issuing the threat.

They said they would disrupt the match in Delhi "at any cost" claiming that it would be a "deception" to have sporting links with Islamabad till the time it put an end to terrorist activities in the country.

During Pakistan's last tour to India in 1999, Sena activists had dug the pitch at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground in Delhi.

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