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Inzy, you were out, rules Musharraf

Indian and Pak cricket teams met Musharraf at his residence. The Pak Prez had some advice for India too.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2006 20:56 IST
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The Indian and Pakistani teams on Friday met Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf at his official residence in Islamabad.

The teams spent about 45 minutes with Musharraf, who is also the Patron-in-Chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board and an avid follower of the game.

The President interacted with the two rival captains as also the other members of the teams.

Musharraf had some words of advice for the beleaguered Indian team saying that Rahul Dravid was their Commander-in-Chief and they should listen to him.

Speaking on the much-hyped Inzamam's dismissal issue, the President told the burly batsmen that he was clearly out 'obstructing the field' in the first ODI held at Peshawar.

The Pakistani President also conceded to the two teams that he had switched off his television after the home team had slumped to 39 for six in the third and final cricket Test in Karachi.

"After Pakistan cricket team collapsed to 39 for six, I switched off my television set. But when I was told about the recovery, I switched my set on and then followed the game," Musharraf said.

Pakistan lost three wickets in the first over of the match and then were reduced to 39 for six before staging a remarkable comeback to win the match by a huge 341-run margin.

"I was really worried with the team's position" he said, and then referred to Kamran Akmal and remarked: "Well done Kamran. You played an excellent innings and I am proud of you."

Akmal, batting at No 8, scored 113 runs and was later adjudged Man-of-the-Match.

President Musharraf also lauded Pakistan's gutsy fightback back and attributed the success to a committed and dedicated performance.

"I am delighted with the fight back you showed in the Karachi Test. You showed the world what we are capable of. You showed your character and made everyone proud," General Musharraf, who is also the Patron of the Pakistan Cricket Board, said.

PCB's Director Board Operations, Abbas Zaidi, who also attended the meeting in the Presidency, said the President was in a good mood.

"The President complimented both the teams for playing excellent cricket. He also appreciated both the teams for playing cricket in its true spirit and displaying themselves as true ambassadors of their respective countries," Zaidi said.

The Pakistan cricket team later offered prayers with the President who is also expected to watch the second one-day international between the two teams to be played here on Saturday.

Musharraf had hosted the Indian team in 2004 as well when the Indian cricket team made its first full-fledged visit to Pakistan in 15 years.

While the Pakistanis had nets at Pindi Stadium, venue of the second cricket one-dayer tomorrow, before heading to Musharraf's residence, the Indians attended the nets after the meeting.

First Published: Feb 10, 2006 15:21 IST