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Pak-Afghan cricket series: Abbottabad removed as venue

Pak-Afghan cricket series: Abbottabad removed as venue

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May 19, 2011 - 19:34

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Pakistaninfo-icon cricket board on Thursday said Abbottabad, a garrison town near Islamabad, has been removed as venue for the opening match between Pakistan 'A' and Afghanistaninfo-icon national team.

"The itinerary of Afghanistan national team's tour has been revised and now the Abbottabad match will be played in Islamabad on May 25," the PCB said in a statement.

The PCB didn't provide any official reason for the shift, but media reports said the decision was taken at the behest of Pakistan's interior minister Rehman Malik.

Malik had asked the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt to take away the match from Abbottabad which has been in the news for all the wrong reasons since Osama's killing.

The sleepy town of Abbottabad shot into limelight after Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed there by American forces earlier this month.

Afghanistanis the first international team to tour Pakistan in more than two years after terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team in March 2009 in Lahore.

The PCB had initially decided to have Abbottabad as one of the venues of a ground-breaking series between Afghanistan and Pakistan A team.

Afghanistanwill play their first match in Islamabad May 25, Rawalpindi May 27 and Faisalabad May 29.

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