Pakistan hopeful of hosting India for bilateral series next year after Windies tour

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 28, 2012 06:50 hrs

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is hopeful of hosting India next year in August for a bilateral series after persuading its West Indies counterpart to not split the national team's planned tour to the Caribbean and instead play a full series in July.

According to the Daily Times, sources in the PCB have claimed that Pakistan would now be travelling to the West Indies in July 2013 to play a full series of two Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 international.

The tour had ran into trouble when the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) urged the PCB to either push back the series by a few weeks or to break the tour as they wanted to host India and Sri Lanka for a short ODI series in July, the paper said.

However, the PCB insisted on the tour in July as it is planning to prove to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to play a series in August when both teams have windows open in the period in the ICC Future Tours Programme, it said.

One of the source said that Pakistan is very hopeful and keen that India can be convinced to come to the nation because India have made it clear it does not have a policy of playing any bilateral series in a third country.

The source further added that due to good connections and relations that PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf has with the government and authorities and because of the confidence reposed in him by President Asif Zardari, the board was hopeful it could get the government to give an assurance of foolproof security for the Indian team.

The source said since the cricketing ties between the two nations have resumed after a five-year deadlock, the PCB is hopeful that India would agree to visit them. (ANI)

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