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Peshawar may not host Indo-Pak ODI

The NWFP government has expressed its inability to host the match in the wake of Moharram: Official.

india Updated: Jan 02, 2006 00:29 IST

The Indian cricket team's itinerary for its tour of Pakistan looks headed for another change with Peshawar unlikely to host the second one-dayer, leaving Pakistan Cricket Board to grapple with yet another problem barely a week before India's arrival.

The Northwest Frontier Province Government has written to the Pakistan Cricket Board that it cannot host the second one-day international in Peshawar on February 8.

The letter from the NWFP province Government was received a couple of days ago and PCB has been discussing the situation with Pakistan Interior Ministry.

A top PCB official said a final decision on Peshawar would be made in the next 24 hours in consultation with Interior Secretary.

"PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan is meeting the Interior Secretary in Islamabad on Monday and the final decision would be made in that meeting," a top PCB official said.

"The NWFP government has expressed its inability to host the match in the wake of Moharram. They feel they don't have enough manpower to provide top grade security to the two teams and also maintain complete law and order in the city and the adjoining areas," the officialsaid.

First Published: Dec 31, 2005 17:02 IST