England refuse to play two ODIs at Karachi

Published: Saturday, July 23, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:England have refused to play the proposed back-to-back One-dayers in Karachi because of security reasons, a top Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said today.

"The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had reservations over playing two one-dayers in Karachi and we have accepted their view. Karachi will now host a One-dayer while Rawalpindi and Lahore will have two games each," PCB's Director Board Operations Abbas Zaidi told PTI from Lahore.

Pakistan had proposed to England to play two One-dayers in the Port City after the England and Wales Cricket Board refused to stay in the troubled city for a week.

"We tried our best to convince England to play two One-dayers," Zaidi said, adding there was no threat to the England tour despite yesterday's bombings in London.

"The tour is very much on and the England cricket team will arrive on October 22.

"Lahore, Faisalabad and Multan will host the Test matches. Now that we exactly know about the venues, the itinerary can be given final shape and I hope that it will be released by next week," Zaidi said.

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