Pak tour itinerary finalised; Ahmedabad gets 4th ODI

Published: Sunday, February 20, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Thiruvananthapuram:The Pakistan cricket team will arrive on February 28 for a 50-day tour of India comprising three Tests and six One-dayers, it was announced in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday.

The announcement, made by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary S K Nair, means the start of the tour has been delayed by three days as an earlier programme had slated the arrival of the Pakistan team for February 25.

Nair said the itinerary was finalised after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed the tour programme put forward by the BCCI.

"The Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed the tour programme as suggested by us," he said.

The visitors, touring the country for a full series after a gap of six years, would begin their tour with a three-day warm up match against the Board President's XI at Dharmashala on March 3.

According to the itinerary, Mohali would host the first Test (March 8-12), Kolkata the second (March 16-20) and Bangalore the third and final match (March 24-28).

The first One-dayer would be played April 2 at Kochi while the last in Delhi on April 17.

Nair said Ahmedabad would host the fourth One-day International. The Gujarat city was in the centre of controversy after Pakistan refused to play there, which led to a delay in finalising of the itinerary.

But with Pakistan giving its nod to play an additional sixth One-day International in Ahmedabad on Friday, decks were cleared for the final tour programme to be put in place.

Nair expressed hope that the series would further strengthen the ties between the two countries.

"This is an event eagerly awaited by cricket lovers in both the countries. We are sure that the series is going to be quite exciting for the cricket loving public.

"Thousands of fans had turned out to witness the last Indo-Pak series in Pakistan. That was an encouraging experience for the Indian team and this time we expect that the Indian fans would reciprocate the reception," he said.

Complete Itinerary:

Feb 28: Arrival of Pakistan team

March 3-5: Board President's XI Vs Pakistan at Dharamshala

March 8-12: 1st Test at Mohali

March 16-20: 2nd Test at Kolkata

March 24-28: 3rd Test at Bangalore

March 30: One-day warm up tie at Hyderabad

April 2: 1st ODI at Kochi

April 5: 2nd ODI at Vishakhapatnam

April 9: 3rd ODI at Jamshedpur

April 12: 4th ODI at Ahmedabad

April 15: 5th ODI at Kanpur

April 17: 6th ODI at Delhi

April 18: Departure of Pakistan team.

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