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India to tour Pakistan next January

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May 07, 2005 13:36 IST

The Pakistan Cricket Board on Saturday said India would arrive on its second tour of Pakistan in three years in the first week of January next year and would finish the bilateral series by February 15.

"I am not sure exactly on which date India would arrive but it is likely to be in the first week on January. However, I am certain that the series would end on February 15 and the six-nation Asia Cup would begin from February 18," PCB's Director (Cricket Operations) Saleem Altaf said from Lahore.

India would play three Tests and five one-day internationals. They are likely to arrive less than two weeks after England would have completed their first tour of Pakistan since 2000.

Altaf presumed that PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan would be proceeding to Kuala Lumpur this month for the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting with a tentative itinerary of India's tour of Pakistan.

"The finalisation of any tour itinerary is an ongoing process and there is a strong possibility that PCB chairman would be carrying an interim itinerary to Kuala Lumpur where he would definitely meet Indian officials.

"But while saying this, I am not saying that the tour itinerary has been finalised or would be finalised in Kuala Lumpur. Nevertheless, we should remember that it's the prerogative of the host country to propose the dates and venues of the series," Altaf said.

India last year made a flying visit to Karachi and Peshawar because of security reasons and in a tit-for-tat policy, Pakistan made a short stay in Ahmedabad for the fourth one-day international.

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