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Cricket : Pakistan-India Match to be Played in New Delhi as Planned


Cricket authorities have decided that a cricket match between India and Pakistan will be played in New Delhi as originally planned, and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will attend.

The president of the Delhi and District Cricket Association, Arun Jaitely, said the match will be played April 17 in New Delhi as scheduled. On Thursday, the match appeared in jeopardy because of security concerns at the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium.

Indian officials said Mr. Musharraf will arrive in the capital April 16 to hold talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He will then watch the cricket match and return home April 17.

There has been a recent thaw in relations between Pakistan and India, in part due to so-called "cricket diplomacy." Pakistan is making its first tour of India in six years and split a three-test series with India 1-1. Six one-day international matches are on the schedule.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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