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Indian cricketers to play golf in Karachi

This will be the first outing for the Indian cricketers since their arrival in Pakistan on January 5 for the 45-day tour.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2006 17:36 IST

Indian cricketers will play a round of golf and have lunch at an elite club in Karachi on Friday, two days before the third and final Test against Pakistan begins at that city's National Stadium.

This will be the first outing for the Indian cricketers since their arrival in Pakistan on January 5 for the 45-day tour. They have been largely confined to their hotel rooms at Lahore, the venue of the first Test, and at Faisalabad, where the second Test was played.

"The Indian cricket team, including Sachin Tendulkar, will play golf at the Arabian Sea Country Club in Karachi on Friday," M Tariq Raz, the club's director for marketing and sales said.

"After playing a round of golf, the cricketers will have lunch at the club," said Raz.

Raz said the club would honour the Indian team's manager Raj Singh Dungarpur with an honorary life membership.

"The club's executive secretary Arif Ali Khan Abbasi will honour Mr Raj Singh with life membership at a brief function on the golf course," he said.

Dungarpur, who is president of the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai, had honoured Abbasi with the Indian club's life membership sometime ago.

"This honour for Mr Raj Singh is on a reciprocal basis," said Raz.

Abbasi has his roots in Lucknow and has many relatives in the Uttar Pradesh capital and Barabanki, the birthplace of the Indian team's left-arm pacer Rudra Pratap Singh.

After the Karachi Test, the Indian team will play and five one-day internationals.

First Published: Jan 25, 2006 17:36 IST