Peshawar not to host matches during England tour

Published: Friday, June 24, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Peshawar was technically ruled out as a possible venue for this winter's tour of England when the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) inspectors would not visit the border-city.

"The ECB officials will only inspect facilities and security at Karachi, Multan, Faisalabad, Lahore and Rawalpindi/Islamabad. The first batch of two-man security team will arrive in Karachi on June 27 while the two ECB officials will arrive in Islamabad on July 3," a PCB official said.

When inquired why the English officials were not visiting Peshawar, the official said "because Peshawar is not the venue for England matches."

The PCB's decision drew immediate criticism and threat from the local association who said they reserved the right arguing they were the most deserving city to play hosts for such an important series.

England will arrive in Pakistan on October 22 for three Tests and five One-day Internationals. Peshawar, along with Karachi, are considered turbulent areas with the English officials being candid on Karachi saying that they do not want to be trapped in crossfire.

India had also expressed similar reservations over playing Tests at Karachi and Peshawar but later agreed to make flying visits to the two cities for One-day matches. These were the only games of the five-match One-day series that were played under lights.

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