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The World | IN BRIEF / PAKISTAN

India's Cricket Tour Fans Friendship Hopes

March 14, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

India's first cricket tour of Pakistan in 14 years got off to a rousing, peaceful start amid hopes that the series would further improve ties between the nuclear-armed rivals and neighbors, who have fought three wars since 1947.

Fans packing Karachi's National Stadium gave the Indian visitors a standing ovation after they eked out a victory by five runs in the first match. Thousands of police patrolled outside.

Hundreds of millions of people in both countries watched on television.

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