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Karachi gets clean chit as a Test venue

Indian sports Secy said he was happy that the match was held without a single sour incident.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2006 10:56 IST
Qaiser Mohammad Ali (Indo-Asian News Service)
Qaiser Mohammad Ali (Indo-Asian News Service)

A senior official of the Indian sports ministry who was here to witness the just concluded third India-Pakistan Test here has given a clean chit to Karachi as a Test venue.

Sports secretary SY Quraishi, who was invited by the organisers to watch the third and final Test at the National Stadium, said he was happy that the match was held without a single sour incident.

"The match was well conducted and I am happy that the local spectators behaved very well throughout the four days," Quraishi said.

"What stood out in the entire match was that apart from cheering their own team, the local spectators did not shout any anti-India slogan etc," he said.

Karachi has a history of violence and a few times cricket teams had refused to play in this port city due to security reasons.

Quraishi, a former director general of the state-owned Doordarshan channel, said he was in Karachi in his private capacity.

Asked if he held talks with his counterpart in Pakistan, he said he was here just to enjoy the game. Quraishi also met some of his close relatives here, and was returning home with happy memories.

He said the preparations for the 2010 Commonwealth Games to be held in Delhi were going on smoothly.

"The venues and the location of the Games Village have been finalised and preparations are on," he said about the first ever such games to be held in India.

Before leaving Friday, Quraishi had dinner with Indian team manager Raj Singh Dungarpur and former India spinner Bapu Nadkarni, who was also here along with other Indian cricket officials for the match.

India lost the Karachi match on the fourth and penultimate day Wednesday, and with it the series 0-1.

India will now play five one-day internationals, beginning in Peshawar Monday. The fifth one-day international will be played in this city Feb 19.

First Published: Feb 03, 2006 10:56 IST