PCB announces fresh tour itinerary
The dates of ODIs have been readjusted, but dates of Tests remain unchanged for India's tour to Pakistan.india Updated: Jan 06, 2006 22:04 IST
Pakistani cricket chiefs said on Monday they hoped India's tour this month would go well after they changed the dates of two one-day internationals because of a religious festival.
"We have already talked to the Indian cricket authorities and now after making a few minor adjustments to the proposed programme we hope it will be a smooth and a landmark tour," Pakistan Cricket Board operations director Salim Altaf said.
The changes were because of security arrangements for Moharram.
Police in the northwestern border city of Peshawar had been reluctant to stage the match on February 8, the eve of the festival, which marks the death of a Shiite saint.
The match in Peshawar was brought forward to February 6 and the second one-dayer, in Rawalpindi, will now not be until February 11.
"There were a few problems in holding the match due to Ashura, but we have finally pushed forward the second one-day international and PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan will convey this as he has already left for India," said Altaf.
The Indian team are due to arrive in Pakistan on January 5 to play three Tests and five one-day internationals on their second tour of Pakistan in two years.
Pakistan paid a return trip to India early last year.
India will play Tests in Lahore, Faisalabad and Karachi, while Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Multan and Karachi will host one-day internationals.
On their last tour the tourists refused to play a Test in Karachi because of security fears, but they changed their stance this time after an Indian security delegation toured the city last week.
Senior Pakistani interior ministry official Syed Kamal Shah said any fears over Karachi were baseless.
"We have assured foolproof security in Karachi in general and in other cities and matches will be held in Karachi as per schedule," said Shah, a former police chief in Karachi.
Jan 5 - Indian team arrives in Lahore
Jan 7-9 - Three-day tour match at Bagh-e-Jinnah, Lahore
Jan 13-17 - First Test in Lahore
Jan 21-25 - Second Test in Faisalabad
Jan 29-Feb 2 - Third Test in Karachi
Feb 6 - First one-day international in Peshawar
Feb 11 - Second one-day international in Rawalpindi
Feb 13 - Third one-day international in Lahore
Feb 16 - Fourth one-day international in Multan
Feb 19 - Fifth one-day international in Karachi