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Afghan team ends Pak's intl cricket isolation

Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
 
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Afghan team ends Pak's isolation

Islamabad, May 23: Afghanistan's cricket squad arrived in the capital city today to began what will be the first official tour by any foreign team to Pakistan since the March 2009 attack on the Sri Lankans in Lahore.

The Afghanistan team is due to play three one-day matches against the Pakistan ''A'' side in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Faisalabad.

Afghanistan are the first foreign squad to tour the strife-torn nation since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team, killing six policemen and a van driver and wounding five Sri Lankan players and their assistant coach.

"It is a very significant tour for Pakistan cricket and we will ensure that the visitors are provided with the best possible security measures," an official of the Pakistan Cricket Board said.

Pakistan's former captain and wicket-keeper, Rashid Latif is the head coach of the Afghanistan squad.

The board has sought security assurances from the government for the series with PCB chairman Ijaz Butt holding a meeting with interior minister, Rehman Malik last week.

A source in the interior ministry said that Malik had issued special instructions to provide top security cover to the visiting team.

"After the attack by militants on the Pakistan Naval airbase in Karachi, the government is now taking no chances with security for the visiting team and there is already a high alert in the country," the source said.

PTI

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