PCB mulling switching of series with India

Updated: 16 November 2008 14:25 IST

Pakistan Cricket Board might not be saying this openly but the PCB is mulling on options including switching their series with India.

PCB mulling switching of series with India

Karachi:

Pakistan Cricket Board might not be saying this openly but the PCB is mulling on options including switching their Test and one-day series with India if their neighbours fail to visit the country due to security concerns.

The PCB has been insisting that its first priority remained to host India at home early next year and relocating the series to a neutral venue would be the last option.

But sources said the Board has not only thought about playing the series at neutral venues but even the option of switching their series was under consideration.

"Obviously the PCB officials can't say outrightly they are ready to play their home series at off-shore venues. But it is a fact that they are working on several options," one well-placed source in the Board said.

"There is a proposal that if India can't tour next year if their government fails to give clearance for the tour Pakistan can instead go to India and play there. "And when Pakistan is due to tour India, the Indians should come to Pakistan in 2010," the source explained.

He said the argument in favour of this proposal was that Pakistan and Indian boards can make more revenue from having the matches, particularly the one-day and Twenty20 games, at Indian venues instead of playing them at neutral venues.

The source said not only the Indian series, the PCB had also decided to keep options open for the planned tour by Sri Lank and Australia to Pakistan in April-May.

"Even for the Sri Lanka and Australia series the PCB has kept its options open. PCB does not want to lose opportunities to generate revenues," he said.

Australia had this year postponed their Test tour to Pakistan because of security concerns and later the ICC also postponed the Champions Trophy.

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