Pakistan might play an ODI at Ahmedabad

Published: Thursday, February 17, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Pakistan on Thursday said it would consider playing a One-day International in Ahmedabad, the venue over which it had reservations playing a Test match in the forthcoming tour of India.

This was disclosed by external affairs minister K Natwar Singh who held an hour long meeting with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan over breakfast in Islamabad on Thursday morning.

"During the meeting, Shaharyar said that Pakistan has no objection to playing a Test match in Mumbai and may consider a One-dayer in Ahmedabad. But this would require clearance," Natwar Singh said on board the plane that took him from Islamabad to Lahore.

Pakistan had expressed reservations over playing in Ahmedabad, which witnessed communal riots in 2002, citing security reasons.

The minister said he also told the PCB chairman that cricket and politics should not be mixed and left to the two cricket Boards to decide.

Meanwhile in Islamabad, Shaharyar said that he would hold telephonic discussions with BCCI to resolve the differences over playing in Ahmedabad.

"I will be speaking to BCCI officials today (Thursday) to sort out the issue relating to Ahmedabad," he said.

"I am sure we will be sorting out the entire issue over the venues today (Thursday) as we have very little time left."

The Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) working committee ismeeting in New Delhi on Thursday to finalise the venues for the three Test and five One-dayers to be played during the series, the first to be held after 1999.

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