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Pakistan confident of hosting India for ODI series in March


Pakistan have invited India to play a three-match one-day series next month. The invitation was sent after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) agreed to reduce Australia’s scheduled tour in March and April by two weeks because of the security concerns of Ricky Ponting’s team.

“We have received positive signals from India on a short series as part of our efforts to fill the gap created by shortening our home series against Australia,” Shafqat Naghmi, chief operating officer Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), said on Thursday.

Naghmi and other PCB officials went to India last week and proposed the series, which would be played between March 12 and 18 in Lahore.

“We keep our fingers crossed that both India and Australia will tour Pakistan,” Naghmi said.

The PCB said India could play all the games in Lahore, starting from March 12, in order to complete the tour in one week.

India will end their participation in the tri-series in Australia on March 7 if they qualify for the finals. They then play hosts to South Africa from late March.

Australia will send a delegation to Pakistan early next month to assess the security situation following this week’s peaceful general election.

PCB chairman Dr Nasim Ashraf told Geo television that Australia had still not confirmed the tour.

“They were reluctant to even send their delegation but after the election was held peacefully they changed their mind and the tour is now a real possibility,” said Ashraf.

Source:Cricket News

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