India to tour Pakistan as per schedule

Published: Tuesday, September 23, 2008, 18:08 [IST]
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Mumbai: India will tour to Pakistan early next year despite the latest bombing in Islamabad, a BCCI official said on Tuesday.

The  blast which shook the whole of Islamabad killed 60 people including four foreigners.

India is scheduled to play three tests , five ODIs and a Twenty20 on their 47 day tour.

The Champions Trophy, the second biggest tournament after the World Cup, was due to be held earlier this month but was cancelled due to security concerns in Pakistan.

The Indian team stayed in the Marriott on their last two visits in 2004 and 2006. They also played a Test and an ODI in Rawalpindi in 2004 and an ODI in 2006.

This will be India's third tour of Pakistan since the two countries revived bilateral cricket series in 2004.

India stalled the ties on political grounds in 2000. India's tour of Pakistan in 2004 was their first to Pakistan since 1990.

Pakistan also toured India in 2005, their first since 1999, and then in 2007.


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