PCB delegation satisfied with India tour arrangements

Karachi, Dec. 10 (ANI): Pakistani cricket chiefs have said they are happy with the arrangements for their team's tour of India later this month - the first series between the arch-rivals in five years.

A four-member Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) delegation returned home after inspecting the five venues where the much anticipated one-day and Twenty20 clashes will rekindle one of the greatest rivalries in world sport.

"India is eagerly waiting to host the Pakistan team. We are satisfied with the arrangements put in place and hope that it will be a fantastic series," The Express Tribune quoted PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar, as saying.

"What we expect is fool-proof security for our players, and we expect that the capability that these cities have will provide that. A visa policy is also announced so it will be a great series," said Sarwar, referring to the announcement made by India that it will issue 3,000 visas for Pakistan fans to watch the series.

The delegation was headed by PCB's director of security and vigilance Ehsan Sadiq; manager of international cricket Usman Wahla; and Sohail Khan, a senior officer with the Punjab Police.

India suspended all bilateral cricketing ties with Pakistan in the aftermath of the 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai, which left 166 people dead.

But in July this year the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) invited Pakistan to play a limited-overs series and the tour was cleared by New Delhi in October.

Pakistan team will fly to New Delhi on December 22 and will play the first Twenty20 in Bangalore three days later. The second Twenty20 will be played in Ahmedabad on December 27 followed by one-day matches in Chennai (December 30), Kolkata (January 3) and New Delhi (January 6). (ANI)