India postponed the start of their tour for three weeks from 8 to 29 November to avoid a clash with the Asian Games in Delhi.Originally, the Pakistan Board had rejected their request for a postponement on 8 October 1982. The Indians had felt that the cricket tour would distract attention from the athletics events and eventually Pakistan conceded this. However, India’s additional request for three Tests rather than six was refused.
Thus began an alarmingly intensive programme of tours in which the two countries would meet each other for a Test series every year, alternating the venue between Pakistan and India.The sixth Test of the 1982-83 series ended in Karachi on 4 February and the 1983-84 series would begin on 13 September in Bangalore. Inevitably, the leading players were falling over themselves expressing their unavailability to tour.
India did not select a reserve wicket-keeper to tour Pakistan, leaving the task to Yashpal Sharma, but they did choose two extremely young spin bowlers in Maninder Singh and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan. They were far younger than any other Indian touring cricketers, the previous youngest having been Prakash Bandari who was 19 years and 36 days at the time of the first Test in 1954-55.
The 3-0 defeat inflicated on India was its worst record in a Test series against Pakistan.
Ghulam Ahmed (chairman), Bishan Bedi, Chandu Borde, Pankaj Roy, Chandu Sarwate met in New Delhi
The Indian Board confirmed the appointment of Gavaskar as captain on 22 October 1982.
Tour Party Announced : 25 October 1982
Time between selection and departure from India
(25 October - 26 November)
The tourists were seen off at Bombay on 26 November 1982, and arrived in Karachi by Indian Airways at 1:30 that day. They were driven straight to Quaid-e-Azam’s Mazar where they laid a floral wreath.After an overnight stay in Karachi, they were taken to Quetta where they immediately played a one-day match.
Time spent in Pakistan
(26 November - 6 February)
On-tour selection committee
Gavaskar (captain), Kapil Dev (vice-captain), Viswanath, Gaekwad (manager).
T A Sekhar
Madan Lal was flown home for an operation on his injured foot.Sekhar arrived in Karachi on 20 January. The team benefited from the presence of a physiotherapist who had been added to the tour party on 7 November.