Neutral venue option for Indo-Pak series

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 14, 2008 16:01 hrs

Islamabad: The upcoming Pakistan-India series may be played at a neutral venue like Abu Dhabi if India refuses to tour on security grounds, a Pakistan Cricket Board official said on Thursday.

``In a worst scenario, if India has its reservations (to tour Pakistan), we can consider playing at a neutral venue,'' PCB's chief operating officer Salim Altaf said. India is scheduled to play three Tests and five one-day internationals during its Jan. 4-Feb. 19 tour to Pakistan.

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``Of course our first priority will be that foreign teams start playing top level cricket in Pakistan,'' Altaf said. ``However, we don't rule out playing at the neutral venue because we want to generate funds and don't want to become an isolated cricketing nation.''

Earlier this week, Indian Government refused permission to its junior hockey team to tour Pakistan due to security concerns. Abu Dhabi has emerged as the one of the options to host Pakistan-India Test matches.

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``If Pakistan is not able to host Indians, we are willing to stage the matches free of cost,'' Abu Dhabi Cricket Council's chief executive Dilawar Mani told private television channel GEO.

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