Shukla holds positive talks with Pak officials

Published: Tuesday, February 8, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:India was hopeful of the Pakistan team playing in Ahmedabad after its top cricket official held "positive" talks with PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan and National Security Advisor Tariq Aziz.

"We have held positive talks. I am hopeful that Pakistan will play at Ahemdabad," BCCI Vice-President Rajiv Shukla told PTI over phone from Lahore where he has come to attend the wedding of former Pakistan Prime Minister Shujat Hussain's son.

Shukla also said Hussain had assured him to take up the issue with President Pervez Musharraf, who happens to be the Patron-in-Chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Pakistan has expressed reservations over playing in Ahmedabad, which witnesses communal riots in 2002. Ahmedabad has been proposed as one of the venues for the three-Test series between the arch-rivals starting next month.

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