Vol. 5 Num 263 Tue. February 22, 2005  

Indo-Pak battle lines drawn
Now additional ODI in Ahmedabad

The riot-hit Indian city of Ahmedabad will host the fourth one-day international against Pakistan, according to the itinerary announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday.

Pakistan's first tour of India in six years was scheduled to begin on February 25, but was delayed by three days following a dispute over Ahmedabad where at least 2,000 people -- mostly Muslims -- were killed in communal riots in 2002.

The tourists will now arrive on February 28 to play three Tests and six one-day internationals, BCCI secretary Karunakaran Nair said, adding Pakistan had confirmed the tour programme.

The Indian board last week accepted Pakistan's demand to avoid Ahmedabad as a Test venue, but proposed the city host a one-dayer.

Pakistan agreed to play a one-dayer there, now scheduled to be held on April 12.

Only five one-dayers had been originally scheduled but a sixth was added to accommodate Ahme-dabad.

Pakistan will start the tour with a three-day game against a Board President's team on March 3 in Dharamsala, a northern Indian town which is also the headquarters of the Dalai Lama and his Tibetan government-in-exile.

The opening Test begins at Mohali on March 8, the second at Kolkata on March 16 and the third at Bangalore on March 24.

The Tests will be followed by six one-dayers at Cochin, Vishaka-patnam, Jamshedpur, Ahmedabad, Kanpur and Delhi.

Pakistan's first full tour of India since 1999 follows India's visit in March-April last year to resume cricket ties that had been stalled since 2000 due to political tensions.

India won both the Test and one-day series on that tour, their first to Pakistan for Test matches in 15 years.