Dec 18, 2008

Sport - Cricket;India calls off cricket tour of Pakistan

NEW DELHI: India today called off the cricket team’s tour of Pakistan, which was scheduled to begin next month.

The tour has been called off on account of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai last month, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) spokesman Rajiv Shukla said. The terrorists are believed to have come from Pakistan by sea to carry out the attacks. The sole terrorist to be captured alive has reportedly disclosed that he was a resident of a village in Pakistan’s Punjab province.

According to a government source, external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee and sports and youth affairs minister MS Gill spoke to BCCI president Shashank Manohar to convey their decision not to permit the tour to go ahead.

The Indian team was scheduled to play three Tests, five one-day internationals, and one Twenty20 match in Pakistan

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