India in Bangladesh, 2004-05 December 9, 2004

India to play in Chittagong

Cricinfo staff

Chittagong will get to see Tendulkar after all © Getty Images

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has confirmed that the Indian cricket team will play in Chittagong after the venue was given the green light by the security delegation sent to Bangladesh. The first Test starts in Dhaka on Friday, but there had been question marks over Chittagong hosting the second Test and one of the three one-day internationals.

Reuters quoted Rajiv Shukla, a vice president of the BCCI, as saying: "The government has told us that Chittagong is safe to play in." The security delegation was drafted in by the government after the Indian embassy in Dhaka received a letter from a fundamentalist group called the Harkat-ul-Jihad, threatening to kill Indian cricketers.

After the experts gave Dhaka the go-ahead, the Indian team arrived there on Wednesday afternoon, but the first Test was put off by a day. The Chittagong match will now start on December 17.