1 Dec 2008

India yet to decide on their cricket tour of Pakistan

6:42 am on 1 December 2008

The Indian government is yet to decide whether to allow the national cricket team to tour Pakistan, amid serious doubts following the attacks in Mumbai.

The Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash says with the tour in January they still have some time to discuss the issue.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has sought permission to tour amid security concerns over playing in that country.

The three-day rampage which killed nearly 200 people in Mumbai have dimmed hopes after the Indian government said it had proof of a Pakistani link, straining political ties between the south Asian neighbours.

Indian media quoted unnamed cricket officials as saying the tour appeared doubtful.

The Indian team did not go on a full tour of Pakistan for nearly 15 years until 2004 due to political tensions.

India are due to play three tests, five one-dayers and a Twenty20 international on the tour.