Pak must play in Ahmedabad or call-off series: GCA

Published: Monday, February 7, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Ahmedabad:The Gujarat Cricket Academy (GCA) today said that the Pakistan cricket team should either play in Ahmedabad or call off their upcoming tour of India.

"I will raise this issue in the next BCCI meeting on February 17 and our message (to PCB) is clear... either play in Ahmedabad or call off the entire series," a vociferous GCA president Narhari Amin told reporters.

Amin said that the GCA was yet to get an official intimation about the Pakistan Cricket Board canceling Ahmedabad as a test match or one-day venue for the much-awaited series between the arch rivals.

The PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan had yesterday said that the reasons behind Ahmedabad not being selected as a test match venue was 'political' and that they would not even want to play a shorter version of the game

"What kind of political reasons are they citing. If it was the post-Godhra communal riots that he (Khan) was indicating then I would like to know as to after how many years will they pardon Gujarat?" Amin said.

On being asked if the Pakistan goverment could have 'personal score' to settle with Gujarat as Chief Minister Narendra Modi had often criticised General Pervez Musharraf during his election campaigns, Amin said: "Yes Modi could be the reason behind their decision as there does not seem to be another reason."

The GCA, however, will continue with its preparations for the series till it got an official word from the BCCI, he added.

The GCA, along with senior police officials had on January 29 shown all facilities at the Sardar Patel ground at Motera and all related arrangements for players to Zakhir Khan and Sohail Khan, the two-member venue assessment team of thePCB.

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