Governor assures Miandad of complete support to host series

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Lahore, Nov 28 (UNI) In a bid to smoothly hold the first leg of the all-important home series against India early next year, PCB officials met leading government functionaries and sought support to go ahead with the event as scheduled.

In a high-level meeting yesterday, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt and new Director General Javed Miandad met Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad Khan, seeking his support for the home series that gets underway with India's arrival here on January 5.

Karachi is scheduled to host the opening match of the three-Test series from January 13. However, the series is in jeopardy because of security fears.

Describing the meeting as fruitful, Miandad said, ''It was a good meeting and the Sindh Governor has assured us of his complete support for successful hosting of the series (against India).'' The former captain, who was appointed as the PCB's Director General earlier this month, stated that the governor has clearly said the Sindh Government will provide the best possible security arrangements for the safety of the Indian cricketers.

''The Governor is himself a big cricket fan,'' said Miandad. ''He has assured us of all possible support from the government.'' The 51-year-old former Test player said the PCB is making all out efforts to ensure that the series against India takes place in a successful manner.

However, he rejected the idea that the Board is planning to move the series outside Pakistan.

Recently, there were media reports that the PCB has given the go-ahead to cricket organisers in UAE to prepare facilities for the India-Pakistan series against India scheduled for January-February next year.

During the much-awaited series, India are supposed to play three Tests, five one-dayers and Twenty20 International.

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