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India to play a Test and ODI in Karachi

India would start their tour of Pakistan early in 2006 with a Test in Lahore and cap the 40-day series with a match in Karachi.

india Updated: Nov 04, 2005 19:00 IST

India would start their tour of Pakistan earlyin 2006with a Test in Lahore and cap the 40-day series with a match in Karachi, according to a revised itinerary prepared by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

According to the new itinerary, which has already been sent to the Indian Cricket Board for approval, the tour would start in Lahore on January 2 and end in Karachi on February 11.

"Yes, we have sent a revised itinerary according to which the first Test will be played in Lahore while Karachi will host the third and final Test as well as the fifth and last one-day international," PCB's Director, Board Operations, Saleem Altafsaid.

"Basically we have swapped the first and third Tests in the revised itinerary and I think it is logical considering the fact that BCCI had requested the two-day tour opening practice match in Lahore only. By doing so, we have avoided lots of logistical hassles and complications," Altaf said.

The first Test has been scheduled from January 5 after the two-day game on January 2-3 in the Punjab city. The second Test would be played from January 13 at Faisalabad and the Karachi Test will begin on January 21.

The five-match one-day international series would be played at Peshawar (Jan 28), Rawalpindi (Jan 31), Lahore (Feb 3), Multan (Feb 6) and Karachi (Feb 11).

On the 2003 tour of Pakistan, India had played a high scoring one-dayer here and the then BCCI president Jaghmohan Dalmiya had promised that India would play a Test in Karachi on the next tour.

The Indian Foreign Ministry is also certain to give thumbs-up to Karachi in the backdrop of an informal but important meeting between Natwar Singh and PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan last month. Natwar Singh and Shaharyar are friends from their student days at the Oxford University.

First Published: Nov 04, 2005 19:00 IST