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Canada moots Pakistan tour later this year

Umar Farooq

May 10, 2012

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Cricket Canada has said that it is looking at a tour of Pakistan by its national team later this year. If the plans materialise, Canada would be the second international team, after Afghanistan, to tour Pakistan after the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus during the Lahore Test in 2009.

"I have reached out to my counterparts in the PCB to strengthen ties between Pakistan and Canada," Cricket Canada's chief executive, Doug Hannum, told ESPNcricinfo. "We have asked for details with respect to a potential tour but have not had any formal discussions about the tour yet."

On Wednesday, the PCB welcomed Canada's interest in the tour, saying the board is working on a proposal for a series to be held after September. "PCB has thanked Cricket Canada for their interest in sending their national team to Pakistan. We believe in strengthening the relationship between the two boards," the PCB said.

Canada, an Associate member of the ICC, failed to qualify for the 2012 World T20 championships after finishing sixth in the qualification tournament in UAE. They also lost all four matches in the Caribbean T20 tournament held in January this year. Pakistan beat Canada in the group stages of the 2011 World Cup.

PCB's efforts to restart international cricket in Pakistan were hit last month after Bangladesh postponed its tour following a Dhaka High Court ordered suspending the tour on security grounds. Former PCB chairmen who met last month advised the board to focus on associate teams rather than the ten Test-playing nations in their efforts to revive international cricket.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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Posted by   on (May 11, 2012, 22:05 GMT)

good move by cricket canada

Posted by   on (May 11, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

i think it is the good move by the pcb that will encurage the european team

Posted by   on (May 11, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

@Junaid-The stats don't tell the true story,see the record post 2000 India has had a advantage against Pakistan

Posted by   on (May 11, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

Dear WickyRoy.paklover, Its Pakistan Cricket & Its Our Problems........ U Have Nothing 2 Do With That, So, Pls Mind Ur Own Business... By The Way Just For The Sake Of Ur Knowledge Pak Has Won 69 & Lost 48 Games Against India Head 2 Head , So Statistically Pak Has Performed Better Than Ind ...... I Think Its Better If We Talk About Our Ownselves Rather Than Making Fun Of Others. Here Is A Link , U Can Check It By Urself.

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;opposition=6;team=7;template=results;type=team

Posted by bala2rahul on (May 11, 2012, 2:17 GMT)

Please dont arrange a bilateral series with canada. Invite Afghanistan and play a tri series. Each team plays each other twice and a final. A total of seven games.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2012, 1:29 GMT)

Interesting opening for Canada

Posted by   on (May 10, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

good news for pakistanis,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,/.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (May 10, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

@Third_gear,vry bad news 4 ur 3rd ratd bd team,ur team now will also face d stiff chalenge of beatng canadian team,as Ur team z no gd than ire,afg,ken,or cand,even aftr playng 4 15 yrs,i m vry sure canada would play betr than ur team as it would nt led pak to set a record of 30pls straight wins as ur team acheivd ,i thnk its ur team's fate to sufr like than in pak's hands

Posted by   on (May 10, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

well, good to see some foreign teams starting to come to pakistan !!! we're a safe country... we're ready to give u people a presidential security !!!

Posted by Nervewrecker on (May 10, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

Pakistan Board is so desperate for a home series that they might invite the Antarctica National Cricket team also, if this Canada series doesn't go ahead !

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