Early finish upsets Musharraf~~s proposed late entry

Published: Monday, April 18, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Pakistani team won the cricket match against India in a one-sided contest, but for President Pervez Musharraf that upset his plans of watching the last minutes of the game at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium in New Delhi yesterday (April 17, 2005).

"I suggested to PM Sahab that if the match turns out to be as interesting as the third match, we will again go (to the stadium) to watch the final half-an-hour of the match, and he agreed."

Musharraf said he even wanted to take part in the prize distribution ceremony and suggested in view of the security arrangements that they walk in at the last minute for giving away the prizes.

"Lekin natija gadbad ho gaya (but the (early) result spoilt our plans)," he said with a mischievous chuckle amidst laughter from a select group of editors, apparently referring to the collapse of the Indian team.

Musharraf, who came to India on the invitation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to watch the final One-dayer, was replying to a question on the diplomatic deliberations overshadowing cricket.

"There are more important issues than cricket because of which there is so much tension between us.

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