BCCI rejects Pak offer of 3-ODI series

Updated: 24 February 2008 09:49 IST

Pakistani cricket officials were on Sunday left disappointed by their Indian counterparts, who rejected the proposal to play a short one-day series in Marc

BCCI rejects Pak offer of 3-ODI series

Karachi:

Pakistani cricket officials were on Sunday left disappointed by their Indian counterparts, who rejected the proposal to play a short one-day series in March.

BCCI President Sharad Pawar personally called up his Pakistani counterpart Nasim Ashraf to convey that the series was not possible because of a tight schedule of the Indian team.

"The Indian Board has said that their players have been on tour for the last three months and start a home series against South Africa from March 26 and are already very fatigued. The players want a rest period of one or two weeks before they play South Africa," a PCB official said.

The Indian Board has, however, promised to play the three matches before the ICC Champions Trophy in September-October in Pakistan.

The PCB official said the India's postponement of the proposed tour was a setback but confirmed an invitation was also with the Sri Lankans for a five-match ODI series.

"Hopefully the Sri Lankans will respond positively. They also have a tight schedule in the coming weeks but we are trying to arrange some international matches for our players and we also have other commitments to look at," said the PCB official.

Pakistan are desperate to organise some international matches for its team with cloud hanging over Australia's scheduled tour in March-April and had proposed to Indians the in Lahore in mid March.

As it is Australia have already reduced their tour from 44 days to around 29 days and are yet to confirm the revised tour as they wait to send a security delegation to Pakistan early next month to inspect the venues and security arrangements as their players continue to have concerns about playing in Pakistan at this time.

If Australia don't tour Pakistan for the short Test series it would leave Pakistan without a Test series against any country until December when India are scheduled to play three Tests and five one-day internationals against their arch-rivals.

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