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February 28, 2005 15:54 IST

The Pakistani cricket team landed in New Delhi on Monday for its first full-fledged tour of India in six years, marking yet another path-breaking moment in Indo-Pak sporting relations.

Inzamam-ul Haq and his team touched down at the Indira Gandhi Airport by a PIA flight at 1430 hours amidst tight security arrangements.

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Top BCCI officials including vice-president Rajiv Shukla and C K Khanna were among those who received the Pakistan team which was accorded a warm welcome, complete with traditional garlanding.

The cricketers, sporting green blazers, appeared relaxed as they acknowledged cheers from airport staff and few others who had gathered to catch a glimpse of the sporting heroes from across the border.

After the brief ceremonial welcome, the team was whisked off into a luxury coach and driven to a five-star hotel in South Delhi.

The Pakistan team, who had last played a three-match series in 1999 in India, is scheduled to play three Tests and six one-dayers during the 50-day tour, its seventh visit to India since 1952-53.

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