We will go by Govt advice on Pak tour: BCCI

BCCI said they will follow the Govt's advice though it had agreed in principle to the itinerary prepared for India's tour of Pak early next year by the PCB

updated: September 28, 2008 09:31 IST
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The BCCI on Wednesday said they will follow the Government's advice though it had agreed in principle to the itinerary prepared for India's tour of Pakistan early next year by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

"We have finalised our Pakistan tour programme with the PCB and in fact have done so till the end of April, which includes our tour of New Zealand. But as the time comes nearer to touring (Pakistan) we will have to wait for the advice (on the itinerary) from our government," BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah said.

As per the itinerary finalised and released by the PCB yesterday, Rawalpindi is set to host a Test and a one-dayer during the January-February 2009 tour.

The PCB had also said it might have to review the itinerary in the wake of the deadly blasts in neighbouring Islamabad while declaring the tour programme.

As per the programme, the January 4 to February 19 tour next year would feature three Tests, five one-dayers, a Twenty20 game and a three-day practice match at Hyderabad (Sind), which kicks off the visit.

A senior PCB official had said the tour's itinerary was approved by the Indians (BCCI) but admitted they might want to have a review of venues after the Marriott hotel blast in Islamabad. Teams playing in Rawalpindi used to stay at the Marriott hotel.

The PCB had also sent to the BCCI a brief of the security plan for the tour, which is on the lines of the one prepared for the (postponed) Champions Trophy with which the Indian board did not have any problems, according to a PCB official.

The Indian team, which will make its third Test tour to Pakistan since 2004, will play the first Test in Karachi from January 13 to 17.

They would end their tour in Karachi with the fifth one-dayer on February 17 and the Twenty20 game on 19th.