India won't tour Pak, says former PCB boss

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Lahore, Sep 27 (UNI) With the security concerns rising day by day in the country, former head of the Pakistan Cricket Board Tauqir Zia believes that India will pull out of next year's tour.

''I don't think India will come because the (security) conditions are not good for international cricket (in Pakistan),'' Tauqir Zia said yesterday.

''It will be a big set back for Pakistan cricket, but they should be prepared for this,'' he added.

India is scheduled to tour Pakistan from January 4 next year for three Tests and five one-day internationals.

Zia also said he doubts that Pakistan will host the already postponed Champions Trophy next year.

''What (is there) to talk about the Champions Trophy? I doubt even India will come,'' he said.

A powerful bomb blast left 53 dead and hundreds injured at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, which is adjacent to the Rawalpindi.

However, the board has admitted that the itinerary for the India tour was finalised before the blast at the Marriott, where teams normally stay during international matches.

The Indian team stayed at this hotel during its previous visit to Pakistan in 2004.


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