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India may cancel Pakistan tour: Miandad

Lahore, Nov 12 (UNI) Former skipper Javed Miandad today said the cancellation of Indian junior hockey team's visit to Pakistan might promt arch-rivals to pull out of the important Test and ODI series scheduled to be held early next year.

Miandad said despite the poor security conditions in India, Pakistani players were playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Indian Cricket League (ICL) whereas the Indians are reluctant to play in Pakistan.

''It was not a wise decision because India and Pakistan must support each others in sports and other areas,'' Miandad was quoted as saying by the Associated Press of Pakistan.

''Security situation in Indian is also not very good. But despite this our players are playing in ICL and IPL. So it was imperative that Indians keep up the sporting exchanges with Pakistan,'' Miandad said.

He further added that Indians are giving wrong signals to the world by canceling the hockey tour.

''While Pakistan is thinking positively for India, what message Indians are sending around the world by cancelling their hockey team's tour to Pakistan? he asked.


Story first published: Wednesday, November 12, 2008, 19:08 [IST]
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