Pakistan v Australia 2012 May 23, 2012

PCB sees India as potential hosts for Australia series


Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman, has hinted at asking India to host a limited-overs series between Pakistan and Australia later this year. Pakistan are seeking a venue for the series after Sri Lanka's refusal to stage it.

Ashraf, who has been invited by the BCCI to watch the IPL final in Chennai on Sunday, said he will discuss the idea with the Indian board officials, but maintained the main agenda would be to revive bilateral cricketing ties between India and Pakistan.

The other possible venues for the series are Malaysia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The series was scheduled to comprise five one-dayers and three T20Is to help the sides prepare for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, which begins on September 18.

"It isn't a bad idea (considering India) but a good choice to maintain the healthy relationship with them (India), but let us see the mood there," Ashraf told ESPNcricinfo. "But our primary purpose is to revive ties with them. However, in the meantime we have three options under consideration to host our series."

Ashraf was optimistic about a healthy dialogue with the BCCI, following India's decision to invite Pakistan's domestic Twenty20 champions, Sialkot Stallions, to participate in the Champions League Twenty20 later this year, in India.

"We are ready to play them and I can see that they [India] are also positive and gradually the ice is melting," Ashraf said.

The UAE, which has hosted most of Pakistan's home series, was doubtful due to the hot weather. However, Ashraf didn't rule out UAE's chances either, as it's more cost-effective for the PCB.

"We have been ruling out UAE mainly because of the month of Ramzan and the hot weather there," Ashraf said. "But we can counter that by playing day-night matches."

Dilawar Mani, the Emirates Cricket Board chief operating officer, confirmed that they had offered to host another series for Pakistan. "We have offered them but are yet to get a response," Mani told ESPNcricinfo. "We didn't offer them until Sri Lanka backed out. The main concern is the humidity, otherwise the temperature starts to drop after 4pm and the conditions are convenient to play."

The PCB has been planning on starting its own Twenty20 league, but Ashraf didn't sound optimistic about launching it this year. Various companies have made presentations to the board, but each company requires a minimum of six months to plan the league.

"We were hoping to have it this October but I think due time constraints we might have to push it back," Ashraf said. "However, the plan is in the pipeline and if we aren't able to get it organised this year then we have to find another window next year."

Eight companies, including Ten Sports, Nimbus and Geo TV, have already made their pitches to the PCB.

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • khurram on May 25, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    ok if that happens that will be good. for pak & AUS as they will get practice on sub continent before t20 cup which was the main reason for chosing SL host. & it will be better for pak india ties. but really more intersting & eye catching series all over world will be pak vs india. pak is due to host india in FTP they can play home series vs india there in india it was mentioned by zaka sometime ago. I dont think playing of pak & Aus will get much supporters in indian stadium as they dont want to pay to watch both teams they dont like.

  • Dummy4 on May 25, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    i think Pakistan should not play in India as IPL is going on ....and it entertained Indian a there may not be good response from spectators.............+.........

  • santhosh kumar on May 25, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    God meeting must be successful and the greatest rivalry of India vs Pakistan cricket matches must resume. It will be more exciting than Ashes.....

  • Manesh on May 25, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    No, please. Can have fun watching the final...thats all.

  • Dummy4 on May 25, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    I THINK PEOPLE OF PAK=india ARE much more Mature now the peoples of both nations are Broad minded.As a PAKISTANI I am very thankful to my Indian brothers for there positive intention.LOTs of respect for outside border for our brothers.and hopefully this will happen for the betterment of the relations.....>>>>

  • Dummy4 on May 25, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    hmm zaka has positive mind it looks like zaka relaunch the cricket in Pakistan Wish u very best

  • Farhan on May 25, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    OK so BCCI invite him to watch the IPL final and he is already dreaming for a series in India lol

  • Muthuvel on May 24, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    WOW !! read the comments guys...WOW! i have never seen such genuine appreciation between pak and indian people anywhere.

  • Ali on May 24, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Good thing is at-least they're trying. Bad thing is politics is involved. Let's hope BCCI will take some good steps in order to restore sport supremacy over politics.

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    it would be a great series....indian brothers cheering and clapping for Pakistan. it will be a message to the world and ofcourse to some "elements" within us that we are united. No one can deny the similarities between these two nations

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