PCB drops Rawalpindi from its venue list for Indo-Pak series

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Lahore, Nov 25 (UNI) The PCB today ruled out Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium as one of the venues for India's tour of Pakistan early next year, due to the renovation work that the stadium is undergoing currently.

''We will not be able to finish the renovation work that includes the relaying of the outfield,'' Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt said.

However, Rawalpindi was originally scheduled to host the second Test and third limited-overs international of India's January 4 to February 19 tour, which includes three Test matches, five ODIs and a Twenty20 international.

''We have couple of other venues in mind and will shift Rawalpindi matches there,'' Butt added.

It has been known that Faisalabad and Multan, which were slated to host the One-day internationals during the India series, are the likely venues for the second Test.

Butt further said he will travel to meet with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials early next month to reassure them ahead of the tour.

The BCCI has also sought clearance from its government for the tour. However, Butt said PCB has not set any cutoff time for the BCCI's response.

''When we want the series to go as planned why should we set any cut off time?'' Butt said.

The PCB has also lined up neutral venues- Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE for the series in case India fail to receive clearance from its government to travel to Pakistan.

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