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Ahmedabad~~s loss could be Chennai ~~s gain

Published: Sunday, February 6, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Chennai:With Pakistan averse to playing in Ahmedabad, a Test encounter during its upcoming tour of India could be shifted to Chennai.

BCCI is expected to discuss Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) letter expressing their "inability" to play in Ahmedabad, with the Union Home ministry and take a decision soon considering the security aspects, sources said on Sunday.

The Indian Government and the cricket board are set to be against making it a prestige issue, they said.

On basis of report given by security assessment team that recently visited India, the PCB has written to the BCCI expressing there inability to play in Ahmedabad because of the apprehensions over law and order situation in Gujarat, which witnessed one of the worst communal riots in 2002 post-Godhra violence targetting Muslims.

The Pakistan board had also expressed its preference to play in Chennai, the venue where the team got a standing ovation even after India's defeat during their last 1999 tour.

The PCB team had also not preferred Bangalore because of the distance between the playing venue and the hotel where team would be staying.

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