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shabbir
December 18, 2008, 08:14 AM
The Indian board has called off next year's tour of Pakistan, following a directive from the government that it was not feasible "in the prevailing circumstances". The series was in doubt following deterioration of relations between the two countries, a fallout of the Mumbai attacks which India alleges had links to elements in Pakistan.

The only option now to stage the series is to agree on a neutral venue, though a senior BCCI official told Cricinfo it was too early to take that call.

"We had asked the government to clear the tour and Pranab Mukherjee, the foreign minister, informed me today that they are not clearing the tour," Rajiv Shukla, the BCCI vice-president, said. "The BCCI had made it clear much earlier that they would go strictly by what the Indian government has to say, and now it's obvious that the tour is off. How can we go against our government's advice?"

Shukla said it was too early to say whether the tour would go ahead at a neutral venue. Officials from the Abu Dhabi Cricket Council have already offered to host the series at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, where the England team trained before reaching India for the current two-Test series.

The government directive does not come as a surprise, with public opinion in India, as well as that of former cricketers, administrators and politicians, largely against the tour. A series of newspaper reports after the Mumbai attacks quoted government sources as saying the tour would be called off and, last week, India's sports minister, M S Gill, said he was not in favour of the team travelling to Pakistan.

However, if the two countries don't arrive at an agreement to proceed with the series at a neutral venue, the BCCI will have to convince the ICC of its reasons not to tour, or pay a hefty fine.

In any case, Pakistan's chances of hosting the postponed ICC Champions Trophy next year have been hit hard as its status as the host depended on a security review that was to be conducted during India's visit. India were scheduled to tour Pakistan from January 4-February 20 for three Tests, five ODIs and one Twenty20 international.

© Cricinfo

sandpiper
December 18, 2008, 02:41 PM
so what ?

Sovik
December 18, 2008, 05:51 PM
sri lanka might fill in for India

sandpiper
December 19, 2008, 05:41 PM
here you go
A senior Pakistan board official has said Sri Lanka have confirmed they will tour Pakistan next month in place of India, who called off their scheduled tour to the country on Thursday.

Saleem Altaf, the PCB's chief operating officer, said Sri Lanka are expected to play three Tests, three ODIs and a Twenty20 game against Pakistan following their tour of Bangladesh, which ends on January 14.

"We thank Sri Lankan Cricket for confirming a tour in place of India," Altaf told AFP. "We have sent a full itinerary to Sri Lanka and as soon as it is finalised we will announce it."

daisy564
December 20, 2008, 11:47 AM
India has called off its planned cricket tour of Pakistan next year amid simmering tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours over last month's Mumbai attacks, an official said Thursday.

bujhee kom
December 20, 2008, 12:06 PM
India has called off its planned cricket tour of Pakistan next year amid simmering tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours over last month's Mumbai attacks, an official said Thursday.

sis daisy564, a warm welcome to BanglaCricket.

al Furqaan
December 20, 2008, 07:13 PM
given that ENG and INDIA have both basically told the FTP to eff off, i'm kinda glad.

if the whores at BCCI, ECB, and elsewhere think they can continue to rake in the dough by saturating the "icon series", then go ahead. they'll kill the game of cricket in half a decade.

SA, AUS, IND can only play each other so often before de ja vu kicks in.