Pakistan keen to convince India to play Test in Karachi

Published: Saturday, August 6, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) received reply for the itinerary sent to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the Indian teams tour to Pakistan starting from January next year.

Sources in the PCB confirmed on Friday that, the BCCI secretary had sent a letter on the proposed itinerary for the Indian teams tour starting from around January 2.

"The PCB has sent them a list of venues and tentative dates for the tour and Karachi is included in it," the source said. England, recently, refused to play a Test match in Karachi on their tour from October 26 for security concerns and settled for a one-dayer in Pakistans biggest city on December 15.

When India toured Pakistan last year it had also rejected a proposal for a Test in Karachi and instead only played a one-dayer. The source said the PCB officials this time were very keen to convince the Indians to play a Test in Karachi as they were under pressure after having to concede to Englands demand.

"Director Cricket Operations Saleem Altaf will be going to Durban later this month to attend a meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and probably more discussions on the itinerary would be held with the Indian officials then," the source said.

"In all probability the Indians will also be sending their security experts to Pakistan when England is touring Pakistan to assess the security arrangements for their team and visit all the venues before they approve the proposed itinerary," the source said.

The source said that the BCCI had informed the PCB that it was going through the proposed itinerary and would get back on it with their comments shortly as they would also like to have the itinerary finalised soon and well before the tour.

India is scheduled to play three Tests and five One-day Internationals and will then remain in Pakistan to participate in the Asia Cup tournament, to staged from February 14.

A Board official, when contacted, said the details of the tour and other issues would be made public when something concrete took place.

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