Pakistan invites India for ODI series

Updated: 21 February 2008 13:07 IST

A PCB official disclosed that they have sent a formal proposal to the BCCI for a short series of three one-day internationals against India in mid March.

Pakistan invites India for ODI series

Karachi:

A Pakistan Cricket Board official on Thursday disclosed that they have sent a formal proposal to the BCCI for a short series of three one-day internationals against India in mid March.

The official said Pakistan was keen to host India for the one-day series to fill in the free time as Cricket Australia have shortened their scheduled tour of Pakistan by 18 days and will tour Pakistan from March 29.

The official said the proposal was sent after the PCB held talks with their Indian counterparts recently and proposed the series tentatively scheduled from March 12.

Besides, such a series would be financially beneficial for the Board.

"We are pretty confident the Indians will squeeze in the tour. They have assured us they will try to make it possible," he said.

If the tour does go ahead, the PCB official said, it would last for just a week from March 12 onwards and all matches would be played in Lahore to reduce the burden and stress on the Indian team.

But a senior official of the Indian Board said on telephone that the tour was still not confirmed.

"We have a lot of problems because of our hectic international programme. And while the Pakistan Board believes the tour is 90 per cent done this is not the case so far."

He said India would only finish their appearance in the tri-series in Australia on March 7 if they qualify for finals.

"And we host South Africa from March 26 so we have to give our players some free time to rest between the tri-series in Australia and against South Africa. But yes if possible we would definitely like to help out Pakistan," he said.

The Australians tour is still not confirmed although the Australians have agreed to send a security delegation in early march to assess the security situation and ground realities in Pakistan after the peaceful holding of the general elections on February 18.

CA spokesman Peter Young said no date had been set for the visit of the delegation.

"We will first take a briefing from our foreign office in Canberra before deciding when the delegation should go to Pakistan," he said.



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