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Pakistan's tour of India - In troubled Waters


Eactly a year ago, doubts were raised on whether India's tour of Pakistan would take place at all. Then a three-member Indian squad went across the border on a reconnaissance trip to inspect the security arrangements at different venues. Pakistan did the same thing a few days ago, when a special team came over to take a look at the Indian venues that have been earmarked to host the Tests and one-day internationals. But the forthcoming series is already in troubled water with Pakistan refusing to play at Ahmedabad (see table II below ) and Shiv Sena activists damaging a portion of the playing strips at Mohali (see table I below).
 



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Table: I Details of instances when the wicket was damaged in international cricket:
 
1975: The Ashes series match at Headingley, Leeds was abandoned after vandals, campaigning for the release of a convicted criminal, sabotaged the Rugby Ground End of the pitch with knives and oil. The match was poised for a great finish with Australia needing 225 to win with seven wickets in hand, but it had to be abandoned.
 
1991: The Pakistani team was scheduled to tour India when local Shiv Sena activists damaged the strip at the Wankhede stadium. The tour was subsequently cancelled.
 
1999: On the eve of Pakistan's last tour of India in 1998-99, activists dug up the Test pitch in Delhi , forcing the Indian Board to move the first Test against Paksitan to Chennai.

2005: In what appears to be yet another churlish act of vandalism, six miscreants claiming to be members of Shiv Sena made a crude attempt to damage the pitch at the PCA Stadium in Mohali where the first Test of the forthcoming Indo-Pak series will be played in three weeks time. About 50 Sainiks raised slogans before attempting to enter stadium at Green Park, Kanpur but were denied entry by security-guards
 

 
 
 
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RANK TEAM POINTS
1 AustraliaAustralia 118
2 IndiaIndia 112
3 cricketPakistan 111
4 EnglandEngland 108
5 AustraliaNew Zealand 98
6 SouthSouth Africa 92
7 sri LankaSri Lanka 85
8 West IndiesWest Indies 65
9 BangladeshBangladesh 57
10 ZimbabweZimbabwe 48
RANK TEAM POINTS
1 AustraliaAustralia 123
2 new ZealandNew Zealand 113
3 ZimbabweIndia 110
4 South AfricaSouth Africa 110
5 EnglandEngland 106
6 sri LankaSri Lanka 102
7 BangladeshBangladesh 98
8 countryWest Indies 94
9 cricket Pakistan 87
10 AfghanistanAfghanistan 49
RANK TEAM POINTS
1 New ZealandNew Zealand 132
2 IndiaIndia 128
3 west IndiesWest Indies 122
4 AfricaSouth Africa 119
5 EnglandEngland 116
6 AustraliaAustralia 110
7 Pakistan Pakistan 104
8 sri LankaSri Lanka 96
9 AfghanistanAfghanistan 78
10 BangladeshBangladesh 74
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