Pakistan eager to play at Mohali

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Published: Monday, August 13, 2012, 15:04 [IST]
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Pakistan keen to play at Mohali

Karachi, Aug 13: Pakistan has expressed its desire to play at Mohali during its tour of India later this year, as they are expected to play three ODIs and two T20 matches.

According to official sources, BCCI has sent the itinerary and awaits a confirmation on venues from Pakistan Cricket Board.

"There is no problem with the number of matches or dates but we would like to play one match at Mohali as it would allow Pakistani cricket fans to easily travel to India for the match," the source said.

BCCI has scheduled matches in Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Kolkata, while Pakistan has shown interest in playing a match at Mohali.

There are reports about fans travelling from Pakistan to Mohali by bus, via the Wagah border just to watch the matches held at the venue.

The source also said that BCCI is awaiting a response from Pakistan Cricket Board, as the chairman is on a vacation and has to return to Lahore to approve the ititnerary followed by a meeting with BCCI officials.

Zaka Ashraf had already insisted BCCI on conducting a few matches at Mohali but that seems to be unlikely as the Indian cricket board's itinerary doesn't feature Mohali as one of the venues for the ODIs or T20s.

The tour which is slated to begin from December 25, will also mark the resumption of cricketing ties between the arch rivals.

The source also added that as usual Pakistan will be sending a few delegates to check the security arrangements at the venue ahead of the series.

"If required we will send our security delegation to India ahead of the tour or if advised we will leave it up to the BCCI to look after the security arrangements for the Pakistan team," he said.

If BCCI agrees and schedule a match at the venue, it will be the first match at Mohali to be played between the two nations since the World Cup semifinal last year.


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