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India unlikely to tour Pakistan

November 30, 2008 15:58 IST

Indian cricket team's upcoming tour of Pakistan is virtually off in the aftermath of the terror attacks in Mumbai, a highly placed source said on Sunday.

A neutral venue for the two countries to play the series, which was one of the options, has also been ruled out, according to a top official who said, "The chances of the tour going on is very minimal."

India were scheduled to play three Test matches, five one dayers and a Twenty20 match during their tour of Pakistan from January 6-February 19.

"After what happened in Mumbai, the chance of an Indian team going to Pakistan is minimal. Of course it is for the government to inform the Board of Cricket Control in India about the final decision but the situation is such that it appears that cricket between the two countries is unlikely," the source added.

He also said the government could also sever cricketing ties with Pakistan as it had done in the past.

The tour was clouded with uncertainty because of the security situation in the strife-torn Pakistan.

India was due to send a recce team to assess the security situation there before taking a final decision but even that looks unlikely following the Mumbai mayhem.

The Pakistan Cricket Board, however, maintains that the country is safe for players and even offered to play the series at a neutral venue in case India refused to tour.

When contacted, senior BCCI official Rajiv Shukla said that the board has not received any communication in this regard from the government.

"The BCCI secretary N Srinivasan has told me that no such communication has come from the government. We will abide by whatever the government tells us regarding the tour," Shukla said.

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