PCB welcomes BCCI stand on Karachi

PCB Chairman Shahryar Khan has welcomed the decision by the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) to play one day matches in Karachi and Peshawar.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:05 IST
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Islamabad:Welcoming the decision by the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) to play one day matches in Karachi and Peshawar, Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shahryar Khan today said PCB's two primary objectives with regard to the forthcoming series were achieved through the final itinerary. "The first was that the tour should proceed on schedule and the second that Karachi and Peshawar should not be bypassed again and matches definitely scheduled in these cities. Both these objectives had been achieved," Shahryar Khan said in a statement. India's decision to play one-day internationals in Karachi and Peshawar is a welcome development since it opens the doors for India as indeed for all other countries to resume Tests and one-day internationals at Karachi and Peshawar, Khan said. He said the itinerary includes Karachi and Peshawar for one-day internationals should, therefore, be seen as the beginning of a welcome phase for cricket in these cities and needs to be viewed at the national rather than at provincial level. "I am myself a resident of Karachi and wanted to schedule a Test in Pakistan's largest city," he said adding, "The Indian decision to play one day matches showed the international cricket was slowly returning to the two cities, which were shunned for fear of violence." (PTI)

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