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Jaiswal assures complete security to Pak team

Published: Saturday, February 12, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi:Assuring complete security to the visiting Pakistan cricket team, Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal today said BCCI should stick to the venues announced by it for holding the Indo-Pak matches.

"Though the government has a little say in these affairs, I feel that the BCCI should stick to the venues announced by it for holding the matches between India and Pakistan,"Jaiswal told reporters here.

He was replying to questions about the security concerns being raised by the Pakistan Cricket Board over selection of Ahmedabad as a venue for holding a Test between the two teams.

Lashing out at "certain" group indulging in vandalisation of pitches and issuing threats, Jaiswal said such groups only sprung into existence during these kinds of events.

"These handful of people thrive on negative publicity by which they damage the country's reputation," he said, adding "cricket has nothing to do with politics."

He, however, made it clear that all kind of security would be provided to the visiting Pakistani team during their stay in the country.

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