Pakistan government yet to give clearance to Ashraf's India trip

Updated: 05 December 2011 13:19 IST

The Pakistan government has still not given approval to PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf's planned trip to India, for holding talks with BCCI officials to restore bilateral cricket ties between the two countries.

Lahore:

The Pakistan government has still not given approval to PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf's planned trip to India, for holding talks with BCCI officials to restore bilateral cricket ties between the two countries.

Ashraf said the government is also yet to give clearance to the Board to confirm next year's bilateral Test series with India.

"We are expecting the government clearance to come soon for my visit and also for the series," Ashraf told the media in Muridke.

Ashraf is due to visit India this month on the invitation of his Indian counterpart after he wrote a letter to the BCCI emphasising on the importance of resuming bilateral cricket ties between the two countries.

According to the FTP, Pakistan is due to tour India in March-April for a Test and one-day series but the dates are yet to be finalised.

The PCB Chairman last month said Pakistan was willing to even send its team to India to play the series if it helped restore bilateral ties that have been suspended since 2008 after the Mumbai terror attacks.

But in Sunday's media talk, Ashraf said that Pakistan was keeping its option of playing the series at a neutral venue open.

"We are trying to see if the series can also be played at a neutral venue as one of the options available to us," he said.

Ashraf said people on both sides of the border were eagerly looking forward to the series and that is why government clearance had been sought in advance.

"Since it is a matter of two countries we have to keep the government in the loop about all developments and we are doing that," he added.

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