Morarka tight-lipped over PCB~~s move on Ahmedabad

Published: Sunday, February 6, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Chairman of the Indian Cricket Board's Tours Programmes and Fixtures Committee, Kamal Morarka, today refused to comment over Pakistan Cricket Board's reservations about its team playing a Test at Ahmedabad on the forthcoming visit to India.

"I can't comment on the issue unless I read the letter. I can't go by press reports," Morarka, who is also the senior-most vice-president the board, told PTI today when contacted for his reaction.

"Passing comments in air doesn't make any sense, especially as this is a sensitive issue," Morarka said.

"The right person to talk on the matter would be (Board Secretary) S K Nair or (Board President) Ranbir Singh Mahendra," he added.

PCB has written to the BCCI expressing reservations over Ahmedabad as a venue for hosting one of the three Tests.

The Programmes and Fixtures Committee had earlier chosen Mohali, Ahmedabad and Bangalore as the venues to host Test matches against Pakistan who are scheduled to arrive on February 25.

It has also recommended the names of Kochi, Vishakhapatnam, Jamshedpur Kanpur and Delhi for hosting the five-match limited over international series against Pakistan.

Morarka and Nair had told media persons that the committee had strictly gone by the Board's rotation policy in determining centres to host the matches against Pakistan adding that final approval had to be given by the Government.

A two-member delegation from Pakistan had subsequently visited the proposed match-hosting centres for a first-hand look at security and other arrangements.

The complete itinerary for the tour is expected to be announced by the Board after the meeting of its Working Committee in Delhi.

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