Pakistani cricketers arrive in India after five-year break

via www.reuters.co.uk

Pakistan’s cricketers arrived in India on Wednesday for their first visit in more than five years for a ground-breaking one-day international with political overtones.

The two teams will meet on Saturday at Calcutta’s Eden Gardens in front of a capacity crowd of 120,000 to celebrate the Indian cricket board’s 75th anniversary.

The last test there between the teams, in 1999, was hit by crowd trouble after India’s leading batsman Sachin Tendulkar became entangled with fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar and was run out in a freak incident by a direct hit from the boundary.

Pakistan sealed victory on the last day after police had to empty the stadium to prevent further crowd problems.

Several fans lined up at Calcutta’s Netaji Subhash International airport on Wednesday to greet the Pakistan team, who are led by captain Inzamam-ul-Haq.

All they got, though, was a glimpse of the team bus before it left for the city amidst heavy security…