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Vol. 4 Num 77 Tue. August 12, 2003  
   
Sports


PCB reveals revised fixtures for BD, SA


The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has switched the venue for the opening Test in the three-match series against South Africa in October from Rawalpindi to Lahore.

In a revised schedule released Monday the PCB also said a three-day warm up match before the Test has also been shifted to Lahore in order to allow renovation work at Rawalpindi.

PCB said problems with the outfield at Rawalpindi has forced the venue change for the October 9-13 Test. It will now take place at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium.

"These changes have been necessitated because of problems with the outfield at the Pindi Stadium," PCB spokesman Samiul Hasan said.

"The second one-day international against the Proteas at the Bugti Stadium in Quetta on September 29 will, however, now be held in Pindi."

He said that the Bugti Stadium in Quetta, which is being given a complete facelift, would not be completed on time to the host the one-dayer.

Pakistan host Bangladesh, South Africa and New Zealand in a hectic home season from August-November this year.

Bangladesh play the first of three Tests in Karachi from August 20 followed by five one-day games.

"Bangladesh's first one-day is also shifted from Rawalpindi to Multan and now Rawalpindi will host the fourth one-day," Hasan said.

South Africa will play three Tests and as many one-day games between September 22 to October 27 while New Zealand will feature in five one-day games in November for which the final itinerary has not yet been approved.

Pakistan suffered a cricket drought due to security fears sparked in the wake of terrorists' attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001 and ensuing war in neighbouring Afghanistan.

West Indies and Australia refused to tour Pakistan citing security fears last year which forced Pakistan to play its home series' at neutral venues.

ITINERARIES

BANGLADESHAug 20-24: 1st Test, Karachi

Aug 27-31: 2nd Test, Peshawar

Sept 3-7: 3rd Test, Multan

Sept 9: 1st ODI, Multan

Sept 12: 2nd ODI, Faisalabad

Sept 15: 3rd ODI, Lahore

Sept 18: 4th ODI, Rawalpindi

Sept 21: 5th ODI, Karachi

SOUTH AFRICASept 24: 1-day game, Karachi

Sept 26: 1st ODI, Karachi

Sept 29: 2nd ODI, Rawalpindi

Oct 2: 3rd ODI, Lahore

Oct 5-7: 3-day game, Lahore

Oct 9-13: 1st Test, Lahore

Oct 16-20: 2nd Test, Peshawar

Oct 23-27: 3rd Test, Karachi