High security ahead of Guwahati ODI

The Indian and Pakistan cricket teams arrived in Guwahati for the first one-dayer of the series on Monday.

updated: November 05, 2007 14:53 IST
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The Indian and Pakistan cricket teams arrived in Guwahati for the first one-dayer of the series on Monday.

Both teams arrived under heavy security at the airport. The teams are now at their respective hotels and are expected to address the press later on Sunday.

The Pakistan team's media manager Ehsan Malik had earlier said that the series would continue without any change in schedule, despite the emergency situation back home.

Meanwhile, the Assam Cricket Association has planned to deploy more than 1500 security men at the ground.

Last year, the venue was witness to an ugly riot after an India-England match was abandoned due to a wet outfield.

The state's cricket association had apparently also appealed to the ULFA for help to organise a peaceful game on Monday. ULFA has welcomed both the teams expressing respect for sports.

Young teams renew cricketing rivalry

Barely a day after imposition of Emergency, Pakistan renew their cricketing rivalry against arch-rivals India with a five-match one-day series in Guwahati with two young captains leading a highly talented but unpredictable teams.

The political turmoil back home would no doubt weigh down heavily on Pakistanis' mind as they go into the first one-dayer seeking to take an early advantage in the battle of nerves and skills.

The series will also be a test of character for the captains Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India and Shoaib Malik of Pakistan, who have shown a remarkable composure but any contest involving the traditional foes is bound to put that extra bit of pressure.

Besides, Malik will also have to manage without their pace spearhead Mohammad Asif, who pulled out of the one-day series owing to his elbow injury, and the experience of former captain Inzamam-ul Haq, who recently retired from the international cricket.

India would also be without their senior batsman Rahul Dravid, their batting main stay so far who has been dropped for the first two matches of the series.

With the talks of 'phasing out process' in the Indian cricket, other two ageing warhorses Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly would also be under pressure as the hosts would rely on their strong opening partnerships.

(With PTI inputs)