Pakistan security recee team submits report

Published: Friday, February 4, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:The two-member Pakistani security assessment team, which toured India last week for an on-the- spot inspection of cricket venues, submitted its report on Friday to the Pakistan Cricket Board.

"The report of the venue assessment team has been received and we are looking at it," PCB Media Advisor Abbas Zaidi said but declined to reveal its contents.

The report has been drafted by PCB official Zakir Khan and senior Pakistan police official Sohail Khan, who toured India to finalise the venues for three Tests and five one-dayers during the tour.

Zaidi said PCB was currently in consultation with the BCCI to finalise the venues at least by early next week as the Pakistan team was scheduled to arrive on February 25.

"The venues have to be finalised by early next week and we are in touch with BCCI on this," he said.

Sources in the PCB, however, said Pakistan officials in their interactions with their BCCI counterparts had expressed reservations over Ahmedabad and Bangalore as venues to play the Test matches and conveyed their preference to play instead at Chennai, where Pakistan had narrowly won against India during its last tour in 1999.

On both the counts the Boards were interacting, the sources said.

However, chances were that Bangalore could be chosen for a one-day match, the sources said.

It appears that PCB has no major reservation in playing in New Delhi as the BCCI is confident that the stadium would be ready in time before the one-day series gets underway.

The BCCI is expected to decide on the venues by February 16.

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