Pak's cricket tour to continue: Manager

After imposition of emergency, Pak team's Media Manager Ehsan Malik said the tour will continue and that he did not receive any orders from PCB.

updated: November 05, 2007 14:46 IST
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New Delhi:

Pakistan's high-profile cricket tour of India will go ahead as scheduled despite the imposition of Emergency in that country.

"Of course, we will continue to play. We have come here to play cricket and we will continue to play cricket", said Pakistan team manager Talat Ali.

Asked if there is any pressure on the team following imposition of the Emergency, he said "no, no pressure at all".

Replying to another question, Ali said the development would not affect Pakistan team's tour of India.

Pakistan team's Media Manager Ehsan Malik said "as far as we are concerned, we have not received any instructions from the Pakistan Cricket Board. We are continuing to do what we have been doing".

The team, which arrived in India on Thursday, will play five one-dayers and three Tests during their 40-day tour of India. The first one-dayer will be played in Guwahati on Monday.

Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf imposed a state of emergency in the wake of a rapid deterioration in the security situation and growing uncertainty over his position in the face of a legal challenge to his re-election in uniform.

The team had just returned to their hotel from a practice session at the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium when news of the imposition of emergency broke out late in the evening.

Most of the players watched the television in their rooms to know about the developments back home.

The team is scheduled to leave for Guwahati on Sunday for the first one-dayer.