Pakistan news June 29, 2012

India-Pakistan series still up in the air

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The resumption of bilateral ties between India and Pakistan remains in the balance after inconclusive discussions between the heads of the two boards in Kuala Lumpur. The BCCI president N Srinivasan and the PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf met on the sidelines of the ICC annual conference and agreed on a series in principle, but not on any specific details.

"We'd already agreed [in May] to playing each other, which he [Srinivasan] reconfirmed," Ashraf told ESPNcricinfo. "We will play, that's for sure, but dates and revenue matters are yet to be finalised."

Ashraf said Pakistan were ready for progress on the series but Srinivasan had said he would only be able to commit after checking with Indian authorities. It is Pakistan's turn to host a bilateral series, though Ashraf said the BCCI had the prerogative to decide on the dates. It's understood the BCCI is not keen to play at a neutral venue, and Pakistan are ready to play in India. However, the PCB would want the BCCI to share revenue because it has apparently not yet recovered from the loss suffered when India pulled out their planned tour in 2009.

The PCB is currently facing a shortfall of approximately $75 million in its annual budget and is looking at the India series to make up the deficit.

Pakistan and India have not played each other in a bilateral series since December 2007, and ties have been frozen since the 2008 Mumbai terrorist strike. Pakistan did, however, travel to India to play the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup.

Talks of reviving Pakistan-India cricketing ties began when Ashraf requested Pakistan President Asif Zardari to take up the issue with the Indian government. A meeting between the head of states in Delhi in April indicated that the Indian government had no objections to the resumption of cricket between the two countries. Last month, Ashraf visited India for the IPL final and it emerged that one window for the series could be during the gap in England's split tour to India at the end of the year.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Zohair.ul.hasan on July 2, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    I agree with kamsys we won most of the time against India

  • maddy20 on July 2, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    @Extraz But the fact remains that we have thwacked you everytime in all worldcups regardless of the format. The odd upset happens to any team, especially when the likes of Yadav, Zaheer are rested. Still we have beaten you in 4 of the 5 latesst encounters between the teams. We just don't want to humiliate your team any more! We might have lost to Bangladesh but we still beat you in Asia cup. A 21-yr old has smashed your so callled "world's best bowling team" to all corners of Dhaka. Don't forget that

  • Extraz on July 1, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    @srinath...still we din't got knocked out of the asia cup by BANGLADESH:D and i think u din't read my comment properly 69-48!!! we still r way ahead of u....@maddy20...dude i think u also forgot what happened to u when u tour england and australia!!...Apart from all this i think pak and india both are equally matched sides and i m sorry if my comments hurt any of my indian brothers feelings but if u guys keep bashing Pakistan then i have to say something in defence but again i m sorry:).Peace out

  • rsrinath on July 1, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    @extraz u plz dont forget the thrashings that your team received at the hands of india in the WC s/f and asia cup, and ya your team has such a great bowling attack which cannot hit the stumps even once in the tie-breaker in 2007T20 WC game against us.

  • golgoal on July 1, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    @ WickyRoy.paklover : Looks like you guys have forgotten the Sehwag effect. When the storm called Sehwag blows, everything in its' path is blown away doesn't matter which pitch, which opposition, which bowler, which country . Just go ask Saqlain, Sami, Akhtar and Gul whose careers Sehwag ended single handedly by beating them up all around the world.

  • maddy20 on July 1, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    @Extraz Did you forget what happened when you toured Australia. The 3-0 cleansweep? http://www.espncricinfo.com/ausvpak09/engine/series/406184.html And England Thrashing where you were bowled out for under 100 4 times in 3 games! http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-pakistan-2010/engine/series/426350.html

  • rsrinath on June 30, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    @rahulkkhh thank you sir for your compliments!! :)

  • warneneverchuck on June 30, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    India has better batting and Pakistan has bowling but wht abt fielding. India is not a great fielding side but not as worst as Pakistan. So in two department india is far better that Pakistan.

  • Extraz on June 30, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    @rsrinath...if thats the case thn ur team have even worse bowling attack then namibia don't u remember ur loss against bangladesh LOL...and don't forget 8-0 humilation! as far as pak vs ind record is concern 69-48!

  • kamsys on June 30, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    IF U LOOK ALL ODI MATCHES PLAYED BETWEEN PAKISTAN N INDIA,PAKISTAN HAVE DOMINATED INDIA!! NOWDAYS INDIA HAVE A GOOD BATTING LINE UP BUT THEIR BOWLING ITS JUST RUBBISHHH ON THE OTHER HAND PAKISTAN HAVE THE BEST BOWLING ATTACK IN THE WORLD!! IF PAKISTAN PLAY AGANST INDIA I THIN K THEY WILL DEFENETLY WIN!!

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!!

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