Pakistan v Australia 2012 May 23, 2012

PCB sees India as potential hosts for Australia series

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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

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • khurramsch 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.

  • 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 lot.............so there may not be good response from spectators.............+.........

  • Santhosh-indian 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.....

  • Fast_Track_Bully on May 25, 2012, 5:42 GMT

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

  • 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.....>>>>

  • 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

  • asiacricket1234 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

  • Vilander 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.

  • S.Alis 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.

  • 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

  • khurramsch 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.

  • 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 lot.............so there may not be good response from spectators.............+.........

  • Santhosh-indian 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.....

  • Fast_Track_Bully on May 25, 2012, 5:42 GMT

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

  • 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.....>>>>

  • 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

  • asiacricket1234 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

  • Vilander 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.

  • S.Alis 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.

  • 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

  • on May 24, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    If we go by the article, it would be a mega feast for the cricket lovers in India... come on BCCI go for it give your approval. I think we have not see two neutral teams playing cricket a complete series in India.

  • on May 24, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    imagine Pakistan Cricket Team playing as a host on Indian pitches against Australia. *goosebumps*

  • doctornikki on May 24, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    it will be one of the finest gestures from both india and pakistan and i will not be surprised to see thousands of young indians supporting Pakistan against australia in their grounds...It will bring the two countries together..ppl want love..leave alone the politics that the two armies are playing with the ppl...

  • Hayat22 on May 24, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    I would also suggest that if putting the tri-series with India may be difficult due to various factors, then a softer approach could be adopted: Have the champion IPL team/teams play a few matches(practice or whatever it can be called) with both Australia and Pakistan. This is sure to generate greater spectactor interest as people would want to know how good these clubs are vis a vis intl. sides, and any issues as regards Australian players within say CSK or KKR etc could be dealt by playing alternatives, or those not selected in the touring 14 member squads. I'm certain this would be a better approach to bring the Indian element within the tour and generating tremendous TRPs. Food for thought, anybody?

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 24, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    @g.narishma,agreed man!,go pcb,bcci,we want restoration of bilaterial series btwen what should have been brothrly neighbors,

  • AdY113 on May 24, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    If only our boards were interested enuff to check out these posts what the people from both the countries want..!!

  • on May 24, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Wouldnt it be awesome if the series is played in india and all the indian fans cheer for our brothers across the border and australia loses. I will be in the stadium to cheer for Boom Boom afridi and Misbah

  • on May 24, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    would be great to knw india hosting a series between dese countries. be very interesting indeed. so go on BCCI make the offer!!

  • g.narsimha on May 24, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    now or never come on BCCI,the ball is in u r court ,show wisdom our pak brothers will remember this gusture if meterialised for ages we are eagerly waiting this to happen , while pak cricket will benifit it be a win,,, for cricket lovers , full marks to PCB HEAD ZAHA i think pak needs this type of administrator , hope for better.we may have deferences but i always love to see our teams resume pl;aying cricket .

  • koolhassaan on May 24, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    I like the support Indian fans are giving here. However, since this is a series involving Pakistan, there should be an opportunity for many Pakistanis to watch this match in the stadium. I doubt many Pakistanis will be given a visa to be allowed to watch these games, should it be hosted in India. I know it would be costly, and advantageous to the Australian team, but why not have the series in Australia?

  • on May 24, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    thanks but no thanks..........................................

  • on May 24, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    it its in india den why not make the one day series a tri tournament

  • sweetspot on May 24, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Come Pakistan! Play in India like this is your home. And remember, no losing at home. Aussies will be confused quite a bit seeing so much Indian support for Pakistan team! But they're familiar with India now with so much cricket they play here. This will be a great, fun series, and for once, opportunity for Indians to cheer without any pressure. Mouth watering prospect for me - IndoPak team Vs Eng-Aus team - three test series, 5 ODIs.

  • Makkered on May 24, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    We will support Pakistan if the tour happens. And Pak needs to do well vs Aussies. There is lot expectation from Pak yeam in India. Dont slump like match against Eng.

  • on May 24, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    BCCI should dare to host the series & should also resume bilateral cricketing ties with Pakistan.

  • Robby12345 on May 24, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Makes sense to let Pakistan join if its an international tournament and all the other countries are competing.But why play host to other countries?Is it going to help Indian cricket/spectator where there is already an overdose of international cricket.And for how long will Pakistan be playing at neutral venues...its time to clean house and revive the game where it should be played...at home!

  • on May 24, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    yes I would be awsome if the Series become Pak , India and Australia Tri series like happen in Australia VB Series ;) that would be new experiment , good to see remarks from Indian part very positive , we feel the same for me Indian players like Tendulkar , Virat kohli , Raina , Gambhir , Rohit Sherma are awesome players , It will be thrilling if this ever happens (tri nation tournament ) grounds will be jam pack and if its only between pak vs Australia then it will be tough to fill the grounds with cricket lovers :) but as IPL fame is spreading there it may be more people came to watch in India :)

  • DataQue on May 24, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    Awesome plan! I hope BCCI approves this; another stepping stone for PCB!

  • scandalboy on May 24, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Its very much unexpected comments from indian fans here. Very nice to see indian fans supporting Pakistani team playing there. Its very rare when both countries cricket fans come together with one voice. This series will certainly gather them in a ties of friendship

  • Romenevans on May 24, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Would love to see Ajmal taking Punter with his Doosra, Teesra, CHoutha and Panchwa LOL.

  • loveupak on May 24, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    when someone u don't like asks for ur help, u feel kinda proud...!!!

  • anver777 on May 24, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    PAK vs IND is always interesting & if they resume playing, its good for "CRICKET"

  • bighit14 on May 24, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    I am eagerly waiting for this to happen. It would be awesome if BCCI negotiates to have a tri-series in India (Pak, Aus and Ind).

    Even otherwise, it will be thrilling to have Pak play against Oz in Indian soil and I am sure there will be full house stadiums supporting pak and cricket in general.

  • TendulkarDgr8 on May 24, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    Zaka Ashraf was just answering a question by the media person... When a media guy asks if PCB is considering India as an option, PCB chief would have been vary of rejecting it as it may seem rude... So the only thing he said was "its not a bad idea"... I dont think PCB and BCCI would even consider it seriously...

  • on May 24, 2012, 3:40 GMT

    Without any doubt, people in India love Pakistanis perform and do well. It's been 65 years since the two brothers parted, but eventually brothers come home.... Welcome Pakistanis to India.

  • on May 24, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    that would be a real positive from BCCI if its going to happen.... best of luck team pakistan

  • just_chill_chill on May 23, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    This is ridiculous. This cartoon Ashraf a few days ago was barking that Indians were afraid of playing Pakistanis and blah blah. Now he suddenly wants their friendship. Nonsense. I think BCCI should flatly refuse and let the Pakistanis learn to find solutions to their problems without depending on others as usual.

  • yoongguns on May 23, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    Love it..I will go and support Pakistan...if any of these games will be place in Ahmedabad...Aussie u will not find support here.....lolzzzz

  • champ1388 on May 23, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    I am an Indian and I want that series to happen in India. I will support Pakistan and they are favourites to win on the Indian turning wickets.

  • praveen4honestremark on May 23, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    Pakistan and India are brother countries. We are brothers. All that rift between us is normally happens, we need to come together " hey, my brother pakistanis....welcome to India, we love you all "...But i feel to mention a point that we Indians like you, but as always happens there are some weeds both of our country in the people who hate each other. Distance wipe out when we come together, give time and we will gel together well. I SUPPORT PAKISTAN, MY BROTHER, but be aware of AUSTRALIA team.

  • on May 23, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    OMG!!!!!! I was sooo not xpecting this from Indians...guys thank you!!!!! From the bottom of my heart. These comments are so nice to read...i dont care who ya'all support its all good. Amazing comments

  • sk12 on May 23, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    Quick question - With these neutral hosting, will PCB get all the gate money and TV revenues? part of it will go to BCCI? Will the Indian TV channels will pay PCB for broadcasting? The series if scheduled here would be much fun, Pak might get good support here.

  • on May 23, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    Let's see how far this goes. Best of luck

  • on May 23, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    Interesting! very eager to see if this goes into place. This will be good for overall cricket because 3 of the most powerful in terms of playing cricket that is, nations are involved. I see more excitement in this series as compared to it being hosted in Zim, SA, Malaysia or UAE for that matter.

    If it doesn't workout, CANADA is another venue that can be considered but I am sure - it might not be cost effective but trust me it will be good for overall Cricket.

    I think not only BCCI but also ICC should back this positive move from PCB.

    Best of luck, anxiously looking forward to the outcome after IPL final!

  • gunnerr4life on May 23, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    @SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u hmm ... and why do you say that ? Pak have beaten Eng in tests , so Do you really think that Aus is a better test team than Eng ? This will be a cracker of a series ( atleast much more exciting than Aus vs Ban ) !

  • on May 23, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    I think it is a great idea. Two foreign teams playing in India... who will you root for? Is it Pakistan? or is it Australia?. Which team will have a homefield advantage? Guys, encourage it... would be a lot of fun...since India won't be there who care who actually wins but will be fun to watch...

  • on May 23, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Cancel that tour and Play against India in India. then PCB can make more money.

  • shahbazhussain on May 23, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Woow, what a great and lovely messages from indians for Pakistani team. I did not know if the public is that much anxious to give this huge warm welcome. Come on God! Just do it. I want to remove the words "old rivals" whenever it it comes "ind vs pak" I also support india. And i also supported them in WC Final. Even during the semi final whenever any player from India played good cricket I appreciated them. Lets enjoy cricket. Its fun!

  • Nair_saab on May 23, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    I dont see that series happening in India. Even the PCB chairman does not sound too optimistic from his comments. And if that series happens in india i will, on any day support australia over pakistan.

  • sweetspot on May 23, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    No need to even get emotional over this. It is totally natural that we Indian cricket fans would love to see this happen. BCCI, come on! Don't lose this unique opportunity! As for Pakistan, even though I am Indian and I don't have anything against Australia, I'm afraid my cheers will be for our cousins! Just hated it, hated it when Pak lost to England in the ODI series just after winning the Test series held in the Middle East. Every match, with every drawback, my hands were on my head! Please come and play in India, Pakistan! And this time, please win both the Tests and the ODIs. No getting all out for 55 and rubbish like that, please. All you cynical people out there, why is this so unlikely to happen? It's just a game, for God's sake.

  • on May 23, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    Come to India, Pakistani team, you will find a second home here.

    I don't know if anyone saw this, but in the Commonwealth games in Delhi, when the Pakistani contingent came around, they were greeted with a huge cheer (secod only to the cheers received by the Indan contingent). The people of India like the people of Pakistan and will always support them against the Aussies. The media and the military benefit from creating divisions.

  • zuber21886 on May 23, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    good idea, will be good for cricket and peace

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on May 23, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    pakistan is no match for Australia i m sorry

  • AK_25 on May 23, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    idea is gr8...n pak will get enough support as home team...bt its all depends on indian govt....if they approved thn bcci can help pak....

  • on May 23, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Good news welcome pak & aus Dharmashal should host one match then

  • pakistani2daFullest on May 23, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    I truly hope this materializes. Thank you for the positive feedback indian brothers, most pakistanis have no enimety against you our religions may be different but our skin,face,language,food,dress,culture,arts, music everything is the same India and pakistan are twins that is A FACT!!! Afghans, arabs, persians are not like us INDIANS are just like us and we must have friendship with our brothers. Love from your Pakistani brother!

  • ExplicitPlatinum on May 23, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    As a Pak fan, I would like to express my thanks to all Indian's as they are helping us in times of need. Us Pak fans have appreciated an excellent innings of Virat Kohli against Pakistan. We do hope to return the favour by giving entertainment to Indian fans from players like Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal and Ahmed Shehzad. A tri series would've been better with Pak, Ind and Aus. Although, these days, cricket boards tend to change their mind in an instant. They have the power to do that. I do hope that this series takes place. If Ind was in the same situation by considering Pak as hosts, us Pak fans would fully support the Indian team to beat the opposition (Except Pak of course :D). From this, I hope that India tours Pak this year after the 2012 T20 WC.

  • on May 23, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    I still do not agree to hold Pakistan / Australia series in India, Its okay to for a India /Pak anytime series anytime , but i dont want to hurry up on this , this time that anything cricketing ties will not come in place of politics

  • getsetgopk on May 23, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    @Stark62 haha I was about to say that but you got there first, anyways one problem with this love story is that there is no villain yet, maybe Baal Takrey? LOL

  • on May 23, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Tamim's non-selection surprised me the most. But, who knows the reason! May be he was physically unfit or not having a good show at the nets. Perhaps Dada did not jeopardize his own chance of playing.

  • aakailasam on May 23, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    As an Indian, I would say we should accept if offered and be very gracious hosts. I think the spectators would enjoy it as well.

  • malharsire on May 23, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Sorry to get a little political. This is Pakistan's middle class wanting to live off India's middle class. Music, Sports whatelse? When will you try to get your house in order. Am not an anti-pak guy and wish them the best. But at some point you need to look in the mirror.

  • SASANK360 on May 23, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    It will be a great news if India is Pakistan's home. I will look forward to this series with special interest and cheer Pakistan. We Indians like pakistan playing in India. The request should be approved. Also bilateral relations between India and Pakistan should revive. Even though an Indian, I watch Ind-Pak matches with a neutral eye. The series should include tri-series involving India- Pak-Aussies which will spice it up.

  • on May 23, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    I know I'm an idiot, but why must PAK ask india what they must do? PAK is a fantastic team. Can't they make their own decisions?

  • LastLaugh_PK on May 23, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Awesome to read all the comments by Indians. LOL I thought they hated us. I say eff Australia lets have a Pak vs Ind. Its been far too long.

  • crickofreak on May 23, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    great support fr pak here...one of the happiest page sharing between pak n indo guys...nice to see dat :)

  • Syed_imran_abbas on May 23, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    c,mon man.. thats the last thing you will expect from our brialliant cricket management.. (PCB)

  • Muhtasim13 on May 23, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Canada won't be a bad option during the summer

  • on May 23, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    i think pcb become confuse over the choices to choose the venues for series..............................they should select south africa over india bcoz of the anti pakistan lobby (shiv sena) will pressurized the govt. to not organize the match and pakistan have lot of support in south africa from asian communities lived there..........with respect to the wc2015 ,will oragnized on the bouncy tracks of australia and new zealand and a series a head against south africa in next year, they should choose south africa over other venues.......all asian teams are very weak when comes to bouncy track.

  • on May 23, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    awesome idea ... pak in india against ausis .. i love it ... lets play ...

  • maddy20 on May 23, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    If its approved then rest assured that they will get rank turners to make life difficult for the OZ batsmen. Too bad there were no tests!

  • Extraz on May 23, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Now thats the way to go,Good job Zaka ashraf.I am a Pakistani and i would luv to see pak vs aus series in india,thanks to all indian brothers who are supporting us.As a pakistani i always wanted good relations with india and i m very happy to see that both the countries are going on the right track.:)

  • Hayat22 on May 23, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    This is good to hear. It seems my suggestion a few days back has been taken up by Zaka Ashraf. ;-D I feel this series as would be a better goodwill generator than any other action. Hope the BCCI responds favorably. In terms of public support Pakistan may just be surprised by the crowds since the Indian crowd has moved a lot and now favors teams agiasnt Australia more than anything. The venue could be a few in 'near' home locations like Mohali, Dharamsala and perhaps Chennai could be considered since it may have a close resemblance to the Lankan conditions. Not so sure about Mumbai though.

  • saabir786 on May 23, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    most welcome pak team and fans i would love to see and definitely watch the pak side vs australian in feroz shah kotla(Delhi).i love laala and ajmal

  • on May 23, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    i am a Pakistani and i would love to see Pakistan playing their home series in India. and thanks to all the Indian supporters.

  • Bruisers on May 23, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Will the weather be okay? I don't feel so. There is a lot of rain in all parts of India during the coming months. Anyways most people, like me, will be supporting Australia. So not a great idea at all.

  • asithaSL on May 23, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    @ Sautrik, weldone frnd.. I love to watch SL, Ind n Pak playing each other in sharjah again.

  • cric_roch on May 23, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    If this ever happens.....i'm sure the grounds will be green sea..........i will support pak

  • on May 23, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    I think it would be great to see Pakistan in India that will also get people of both countries together.

  • johnathonjosephs on May 23, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    What I don't understand is why not Australia itself? Sri Lanka only denied Pakistan because they have stuff going on that time, just wait until next time?

  • CRKS on May 23, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    scheduling might be a problem. Newzealand tour of India in Aug/sept then T20 wc and England tour in November.

  • on May 23, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Nice to read the comments of Indians, who mostly are in the support of this series. thankx for your broadmindedness ....by the way indians are crazy for cricket lolz...

  • on May 23, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    i think bcci should allow Pakistan to host it;s matches in India ... plz bcci

  • on May 23, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Come to the United States!! :)

  • on May 23, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    I guess it would be a better idea if India play australia first, destroy them (well if they did to us, whats wrong in planning the same for them) and then host India pak Aus triangular. That would be a crowd puller.

  • Desihungama on May 23, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Polls suggest 67% public in India supports Pakistan in a match involves Pak and another team. That's amazing. In Pakistan most public too supports India in a match involving India and any other country with the exception of Sri Lanka. Darn good. I hope there is even further support of India in future. Best of luck to both.

  • jammuthejatt on May 23, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Pakistan welcome to India it time to show some respect for each other. Come play in India it will be a home away from home and you better put up a good show because lot more ppl will be watching you!

  • Sautrik on May 23, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    I am indian. Let there be an Aus v Pak series in India. Ill go out there and support Pakistan!!

  • on May 23, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Would love to watch series between Pak n Aus, just as it is we all Indians would also love to watch both the teams fighting peak to peak, but then there is one problem .....i wonder how many spectators would turn out to watch the match in stadium. But besides this everything is fine .....hope BCCI allows them to host.

  • on May 23, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    How about playing in Beijing china, the "all weather" friend. I am sure china being a greatest friend ever of pakistan, wont have any problem giving visas to 100,000 pakistanis to watch the match!! Plus, pakistan will also have a huge support from the local chinese friends.

  • on May 23, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    If indeed this deal does materialize, that would be amazing. Pakistan is a very talented side and so is Australia and the Indian cricketing public will be eager to watch these two talented sides compete. Pakistan should still choose a country where it gets to keep its home advantage, keeping that in mind, I can see UAE and India as the conditions are very similar to Pakistan. I am not aware of the grounds and pitches in Malaysia- but from development point of view, this would be a good choice as well. Zimbabwe is a full member and they have decent facilities, it would be a nice idea to have some cricket there as well as Zimbabwean fans rarely get to see quality cricket there anymore. Tough choice for PCB!

  • Dashgar on May 23, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Best way to make Indians supportive of Pakistan. Have them play Australia.

  • umairasgharbutt on May 23, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    pak vs aus in india, how exciteting it gonna be.. indians gonna support pakistan against aussie !

  • on May 23, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    IF INDIA HOST PAKISTNA AUSTRALIA SERIES THEY WILL SPLIT IT INTO TRI SERIES INDIA VS PAKISTAN VS AUSTRALIA

  • Baundele on May 23, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Pakistan cricket is unpredictable; but the PCB management is always one step ahead. They need a more pragmatic approach to return to international cricket properly.

  • tanstell87 on May 23, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    the series is likely to be hosted in South Africa or Malaysia as it rains in India in August & BCCI has planned a series against New Zealand & it will be played at centres where it is unlikely to rain....so where are Pakistan going to host matches in India in August ?

  • AtulMore on May 23, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    I will also support PAK, as they are good cricketers and its good as they will play here in INDIA. I am sure many people will definitely support them as compare to AUS.

  • on May 23, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Thanks my indian brother to support us in this crucial time.

  • on May 23, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Abhishek Shkla / Sudipta And All Indian Who Says To Support Pakistan I M Very Thankful Them

  • ajayrcs on May 23, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    How about Tri nation series Ind - Aus - Pak?

  • on May 23, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Good option imo, i love indian crowd they love and support good cricket matches.. stadiums might not be as full as if india playing but there will be better support than Malaysia or any other country ...if thats happen it will be epic !

  • CoverBoundary on May 23, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Hello PCB you are still ignoring the best option to host this series ... Canada!

  • fastrack10 on May 23, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    awsome idea..wud love to see pakistan play here in india.Pak vs Aus in Eden Gardens. i bet it will a house full.

  • on May 23, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    Pakistan India Friendship Zindabad

  • on May 23, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    O that Would be One Cracking Series to Watch !! Pak vs Aus in India !! It can not get any better !!

  • on May 23, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    I am Pakistani and i totally agreed with Mr.Novneet and also very considerable suggestion from Mr. Neerajprasher and also want add one point that it costs less then other venues to PCB and i am sure Pak team feel that they are playing at home. Pakistan India Dosti Zindabad

  • on May 23, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Would love to see Pakistan vs Australia in Dharamshala. PCB make a similar stadium like Dharamshala in Pakistan as well :)

  • SL_BiggestJoke on May 23, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    It will be great to host Pakistan matches in India... after all what are brothers for?!!

  • NAZMO-CRICKFANN on May 23, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    THE ATTITUDE THAT IS DISPLAYED HERE VIA THE ABOVE COMMENTS BY INDIAN FANS IS VERY REFRESHING. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE READ THEM. YES IT WILL MOST CERTAINLY BE ENJOYABLE CRICKET. I MY RESPECTS TO BOTH INDIAN AND PAKISTAN CRICKET FANS. YOU GUYS ARE WINNING MY HEART HERE TODAY

  • on May 23, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    I dont think this will be profitable for BCCI. They may not get the popular grounds

  • on May 23, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    it is good news for pakistan . we want to see pakistan and austrailia series in india also pak-india series

  • ansarri on May 23, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    @neerajprasher awesome idea man

  • on May 23, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    wow...saw good comments here... well lets hope it happens in India... Why not play there and let them support us.. seriously dudes that will be a mind blowing sensation....:)

  • on May 23, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    I am an Indian and I can tell you if that happens I will support Pakistan. No matter whats out there in the media our people love each other. Go on BCCI make it happen and also the big long awaited series India vs Pakistan.

  • on May 23, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    yeahh this is what we expect ..being an hyderabadiiii we love pak playing here in rajiv gandi stadium ...theylll definetly have the home team support !!!

  • AdY113 on May 23, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Itz great to see Indians with such great character for Pakistani team..I think it would be awsome if a Triangular tournament could be organized some how between India , Australia and Pakistan..It would definitely take things particularly ODIs to a definite new level..!! and if it could be a quadrangular cup then invite SOuth Africa..Seriously No one will ever complain about ODIs being boring at all !

  • Prats6 on May 23, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    If this happens, it would be awesome ! Love to see Pak V Australia in Bangalore.

    Though I doubt, the super brains in India would allow this.

  • on May 23, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    It is been really amazing to see the majority of Indians, supporting Pakistan. We thank you in advance, whether this plan go ahead or not. But its really awesome feeling to get support from our Indian Brothers. Cheers Guys

  • Stark62 on May 23, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    This is kind of like a love relationship, it's happening all too fast!! LOL

  • subnys on May 23, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    India will gain, as their grounds will earn added revenue.. Pakistan team will lose any sort of crowd support they enjoy in Sharjah or other middle east grounds. Oz, for a change might find support in India whenever they score great or trigger a pak collapse.. Anywez... best luck pak... for finding the venue as well as for playing the oz.

  • Pathirakalimuthu on May 23, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Yes...I too will support our brothers like most other Indians.

  • Timmuh on May 23, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    I still don't see the point oif this series at all. Then again, I'm of the opinion that all "limnited overs only" tours should be banned unless they involve Associate or Affiliate nations in a meaningful way. The World Cup and T20 World Champs would fall into that category and still be allowed. There are far too many poinless limited overs, 50 and 20, series. Australia has two of them, in England and somewhere against Pakistan. Play it in Malaysia and invite Afghanistan into a tri-series if it really has to go ahead.

  • on May 23, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    I would love o watch a Aus-Pak match in Chennai. We at chennai gave a standing ovation to the good cricket played by India and Pakistan, Who can forget fine spin bowling by Saqlain Mustaq at that test match and 194 by Saeed Anwar in the One day match.

  • ashraf_noor on May 23, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    @swingstowin ,,, plz read comments posted after ur comments how many indians will support pakistan if they play there,,, always think twice before deciding some thing on ur own thinking ,,,cheers

  • on May 23, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    I am Pakistani and I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE to see Pakistan play against Aussies in India. Would be even better if we can get to play against India in India!!

  • neerajprasher on May 23, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Pakistan can play in india on one condtion if they change the pak aus series make tri series INDIA PAK AUS .WOULD BE AWESOME

  • on May 23, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    Whn it comes to support a team aftr India, nxt name comes in mind is Pakistan...great bowlers and fantastic entertainer....n above every asian cricket fan want to see aussie losing .....irrespective of opponent... :-)

  • on May 23, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    I would love to watch a Pak-Aus match in Chennai, as we watched the match at Chepak, when India lost to Pakistan by fine spin bowling by Saqlain Mustaq, we all gave a standing ovation for good cricket both team played.

  • on May 23, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    Good, now we can see cricket and the ice cap mountain tops. Dharmsala here we come!

  • on May 23, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    i am Indian and i will support Pakistan. After India, Pakistan is the team i support.

  • Sudipta.94 on May 23, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Being an INDIAN I will support PAKISTAN and most of the indians will do the same.

  • Cricdew on May 23, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    BCCI should take it as +ve & be host for PAK-AUS match......I'll cheer for Pakistan......

  • on May 23, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Thats not a bad idea. Anyways lot of cricket fans will come to watch over matches. Indian cricket fans will support any kind of team and matches. Lets hope BCCI will sort out this Pakistan Neutral venues for tour against Aussie. This will help healthy relationship b/w India and Pakistan.

  • Z.Saleem on May 23, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    I actually thought of this a few days back and think why not? Same conditions and neighboring country. Indians will come to support Pakistanis, as they love them specially Afridi & Co. Zaka Ashraf sir you are thinking positive and this is great. The idea to push the T20 League to 2013 is also good, as this will give you a chance to prepare better before launching the tournament!

  • getsetgopk on May 23, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    lets play in colosseum, its been a while anyone played there, should be fun LOL

  • saadirfan on May 23, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    that a totally lame india it is pakistan "home" series there is no support but in malaysia uae there will be atleast some support

  • hailianpak on May 23, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Im from Lahore n living in Australia. After SLC refused to host I thought why dont PCB ask BCCI to host that series. I know the chances of it being hosted by India are dim but if it happens it would be the best option for PCB financially, considering Cricket popularity in India. Apart from that I would love to see, being a Pakistani, which team Indians would support Aus or Pak, I hope Pak. Lets see what happens.

  • on May 23, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Very unlikely, but if it does happen 99% of Indian fans will support Pakistan. In the CW games in Delhi, the second loudest cheers were for the Pakistanis.

  • swingstowin on May 23, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    How about we play Aussies at the newly built state-of-the-art stadium in heartland of Siberia?!?!I am sure we'll get plenty more cheers! Seriously,Mr. Ashraf, I thought you were a smart man!

  • ashraf_noor on May 23, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    1st of all , it was just an answer to the media guy upon question, 2ndly let me tell u if pakistan play in india they ll must get support even they r playing against india, get a survey to 100 indian cricket fans they ll tell u .

  • Shamsherbaloch on May 23, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    come on PCB lets play in Moscow )

  • rahulcricket007 on May 23, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    IF THAT HAPPENS . THEN I WOULD DEFINTIELY BE CHEERING FOR PAKISTAN . LIKE TO SEE AUSSIE LOSING .

  • on May 23, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    well i dont think anything of such sort can happen... Mr zaka should keep his feet on the ground he is expecting a lot from india and he might have to face disappointment.

  • on May 23, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    I think we had some problems with India, but both nations need to solve it. Its goods for both countries to be a friend rather than revival. Lets see what happens......

  • on May 23, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    If it happens in India I want the matches to happen in chennai.Pakistan cricketers get a lot of support and respect here.

  • on May 23, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    What a Joke..They don t even allow our players to participate in A class leagues and our dear Zaka Sahab wants them to host our home series..Bravo !!!..why don t they play in Afghanistan

  • on May 23, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    I like the idea.Certainly there`d be more crowds in India than any other option available.Coul`ve even explored Florida as an option,lots of Pakistan fans there.

  • chad_reid on May 23, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    POOR PCB STILL TRYING TO FIND A VENUE

  • on May 23, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    I think pak vs aus should play in sa orzim i think pak should play with india in india then the atmosphere will tell that pak can play other country in india.

  • karan1609 on May 23, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Great...for a change, indians would support the Aussies. Weird idea by PCB.

  • on May 23, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Mr Zaka what are you up to ? if you really want to save money then play all the matches in Congo

  • on May 23, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    How about hosting this series in Solomon Island or Fiji Republic ??

  • AmjadZork on May 23, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Now, that is interesting... I thought of Malaysia as a first option but now i would say India should be the first option & Malaysia the second !!!

  • sachin_champ on May 23, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    Hilarious .... Pakistan playing Aussies in India . A absurd feeling is in pipeline must say . If Pakistan wants to play then play to India not Aussies . Relation can't be revive by taking Indian grounds on rents . We welcome Pakistani team but game against other country ? Pakistan can't take UAE grounds now because of high rents . PCB will be bank Corrupt if they play in UAE anymore . Why not they are approaching Australian grounds ? Although series between two nations only . But BCCI can accept the request because they have given 60 cr to former players and they have to compensate those money .

  • guptahitesh4u on May 23, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    This is crazy. Its good if it works out but I don't think the politicians will allow this to happen. I don't think that stadiums will be crowded to see Pak-Aus encounter but there will be more spectators than what one can expect in SL, SA or Zimbambwe. Lets hope for the best.

  • lankanlioncric on May 23, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    y not host it in pakistan? come on, how long to host it outside pakistan? the quality of cricket will be going down(long term effect) as pakistani kids would lack inspiration to cricket by watching live matches. is long turn future for pakistan going to be like Zimbabwe?

  • alikhan224 on May 23, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Cant have better venue than india i guess...i hope polictics doesnt come in the way...would love to see whether the indian crowds support pakistan or the aussies...go for it Mr.Zaka Ashraf.

  • on May 23, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    and why would you do that >>>? no offense but i rather play in china ...lol

  • on May 23, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    India as Host for Pak matches ? It is unlikely to happen but if it does, Indian fans will support Pakistan, Remember CW Games that were held in New Delhi ? When Pak participants marched they got second highest cheer by Indian fans after India among 70 countries taking part. That actually surprised me !

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  • on May 23, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    India as Host for Pak matches ? It is unlikely to happen but if it does, Indian fans will support Pakistan, Remember CW Games that were held in New Delhi ? When Pak participants marched they got second highest cheer by Indian fans after India among 70 countries taking part. That actually surprised me !

  • on May 23, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    and why would you do that >>>? no offense but i rather play in china ...lol

  • alikhan224 on May 23, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Cant have better venue than india i guess...i hope polictics doesnt come in the way...would love to see whether the indian crowds support pakistan or the aussies...go for it Mr.Zaka Ashraf.

  • lankanlioncric on May 23, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    y not host it in pakistan? come on, how long to host it outside pakistan? the quality of cricket will be going down(long term effect) as pakistani kids would lack inspiration to cricket by watching live matches. is long turn future for pakistan going to be like Zimbabwe?

  • guptahitesh4u on May 23, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    This is crazy. Its good if it works out but I don't think the politicians will allow this to happen. I don't think that stadiums will be crowded to see Pak-Aus encounter but there will be more spectators than what one can expect in SL, SA or Zimbambwe. Lets hope for the best.

  • sachin_champ on May 23, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    Hilarious .... Pakistan playing Aussies in India . A absurd feeling is in pipeline must say . If Pakistan wants to play then play to India not Aussies . Relation can't be revive by taking Indian grounds on rents . We welcome Pakistani team but game against other country ? Pakistan can't take UAE grounds now because of high rents . PCB will be bank Corrupt if they play in UAE anymore . Why not they are approaching Australian grounds ? Although series between two nations only . But BCCI can accept the request because they have given 60 cr to former players and they have to compensate those money .

  • AmjadZork on May 23, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Now, that is interesting... I thought of Malaysia as a first option but now i would say India should be the first option & Malaysia the second !!!

  • on May 23, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    How about hosting this series in Solomon Island or Fiji Republic ??

  • on May 23, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Mr Zaka what are you up to ? if you really want to save money then play all the matches in Congo

  • karan1609 on May 23, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Great...for a change, indians would support the Aussies. Weird idea by PCB.