LAHORE - The Pakistan Cricket Board has dropped Pindi Stadium Rawalpindi as one of the venues for the Pakistan and India series scheduled for January 2009. The upgradation work at the stadium has not reached a phased as yet to consider it for the series. Another reason, it has been learnt, was of the security because the stadium is in the center of the area where it is being felt unsafe. The PCB chief Tuesday said Rawalpindi has been dropped as a venue for the upcoming home series against India "We will not be able to finish the renovation work that includes the relaying of the outfield, so the matches scheduled for Rawalpindi will be shifted to other cities," chairman Ijaz Butt said. Rawalpindi was scheduled to host the second of three Test series and the third match of the five limited-overs international match series.Butt said Faisalabad or Multan, due to host one-day internationals during the India series, were likely replacements. Rawalpindi's Pindi cricket stadium was also excluded from the list of venues for the Champions Trophy, which was to be held in September this year but was put off for 12 months due to security fears.Pakistan's main concern remains to convince India that issues over safety should not stop the tourists visiting. The Indian government's refusal to send its junior hockey team to Pakistan earlier this month raised fears that the cricket series might suffer the same fate. The Board of Control for Cricket in India last week told the PCB it had sought New Delhi's clearance for the tour and would give further details early next month. Butt said he hoped the tour would continue as scheduled and briefed the Indian high commissioner Satya Pal about PCB's plans for the series. "I am hopeful that India will tour and we are preparing for it," said Butt, who refused to disclose any details of his meeting - his second with the Indian high commissioner in a week. Butt added that he would travel to India early next month to allay the country's security concerns. "Our first priority should be that they come to Pakistan as per schedule but in the worst scenario we have back up plans of playing the series at neutral venues," said Butt. Pakistan is in talks with the organisers in the United Arab Emirates to host the India series in case the need arises. Earlier, the chairman met Indian HC Satya Pal and briefed him about the Pakistan-India cricket series.According to the PCB spokesman, the meeting between Ijaz Butt and Indian high commissioner continued for one hour in which the chairman PCB briefed him about details of fool-proof security arrangement for the Pak-India series.The Indian high commissioner will send to his government the report to be prepared on the basis of this briefing. A Indian delegation for recce of the venues and assessing the security would arrive in the first week of December. Chairman PCB Ijaz Butt will soon meet with the high officials of the interior ministry and the police in connection with the arrangements of the series while his meeting with the BCCI officials is expected on the occasion of the Asian Cricket Council meeting.