Yorkshire chief keen to host Pakistan v India clash

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/c/cricgeneric.jpg' class='caption'> Yorkshire chief executive Stewart Regan admits he would love the county's Hedingley ground to provide a neutral venue for an India-Pakistan Test match.

Updated: July 21, 2010 14:52 IST
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Yorkshire chief executive Stewart Regan admits he would love the English county's Headingley ground to provide a neutral venue for a Test match between Pakistan and India.

With few Test teams willing to visit Pakistan at present due to security issues, the country's cricketers have been forced to play their 'home' series against Australia in England.

The second Test between the teams starts at Headingley on Wednesday and Regan, who has just overseen the development of a new 21 million pounds (32 million dollars) pavilion, believes the improved facilities are worthy of hosting further high-profile matches in future.

"There's talk of Pakistan playing India next year, and we want to be at the forefront of the queue to host one of those games," he told the Yorkshire Post.

"With Pakistan unable to play in their own country at present due to security concerns, it's the sort of match we'd love to bring to Headingley Carnegie if Pakistan continue to use England as a neutral venue.

"That's one of the reasons this week's fixture is so important to us.

"If we can make a success of Pakistan versus Australia and put on a really good show, it puts us in the shop window to host a potentially even bigger fixture further down the line."

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