Islamabad, Nov 26 : PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt met with Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad Satya Pal last evening, and later told media persons that he hoped that the Indian tour (to Pakistan) will take place as per the schedule.
Ijaz said he briefed the Indian High Commissioner about PCB's plans for the forthcoming Indo-Pak series. "I am hopeful that India will tour and we are preparing for it," the Daily Times quoted him as saying.
Ijaz, however, refused to disclose any details of his meeting with the Indian High Commissioner.
Meanwhile, the PCB has decided that Rawalpindi will not be hosting its scheduled matches during India's tour due to the delay in renovation work at the stadium. Hence, PCB sources said, the second Test (January 21-25) and third ODI (February 11), which were originally scheduled to be played at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, are likely to be shifted to Multan or Faisalabad.
"We will not be able to finish the renovation work that includes the relaying of the outfield,' Ijaz Butt said and added: "We have couple of other venues in mind and will shift the Rawalpindi matches there."
Rawalpindi was earlier dropped as a venue for the Champions Trophy this year for security reasons. Ijaz is expected to travel to India to try allay India's security concerns over the tour.
Recently, a tour by India's junior hockey team to Pakistan was scrapped at the last minute after the Indian government refused to approve the security plans offered by Pakistan.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sought clearance from its government for the tour, and Ijaz said the PCB had not set any cut-off time. "When we want the series to go as planned why should we set any cut-off time?" he added.
Story first published: Wednesday, November 26, 2008, 14:11 [IST]
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