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PCB chairman to be in Mumbai to finalise schedule

Published: Friday, December 2, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Lahore:Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan will arrive in Mumbai tomorrow to finalise the itinerary of India's tour of Pakistan, slated to begin next month, with the newly elected BCCI set up.

"Shaharyar Khan's visit is aimed at building and strengthening relations with the newly elected BCCI setup.

Taking advantage of the visit, the PCB chairman would also discuss the Indian cricket team's tour itinerary and we are optimistic that the schedule would be finalised during PCB chairman's tour," a PCB spokesman said.

The Indian cricket team is scheduled to arrive in Pakistan on January 1 for three Tests and five One-day internationals to be played between January 5 and February 12.

"I don't see any problems in the finalisation of the tour itinerary after the election process in Indian Cricket Board has been completed. As per our information, the Indian ForeignMinistry has also given thumbs up on Karachi as a Test venue.

"It's just a matter of sitting down together to sort out minor issues," the spokesman added.

India had skipped a Test in Karachi during the 2004 tour citing security concerns. Karachi is to host the third Test and fifth and last One-dayer.

"The PCB and BCCI have always enjoyed excellent relations even at a time when there was embargo by both the countries on playing cricket at each others soil.

"Naturally, we also want to develop with this (Indian) setup to reach a consensus on a number of international issues that can be jointly handled at ICC level," the spokesmanadded.

The PCB spokesman said the proposal of six-day Tests on Indian cricket team's tour of Pakistan would not be discussed.

"This proposal has to been officially submitted to the ICC before it is implemented. Also, the Indian cricket team has such a packed international season that we just can extendthe tour."

Immediately after the series against Pakistan, India will participate in the six-nation Asia Cup before playing in the home series against England.

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