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Pakistan to host India early in 2009


Pakistan will host India for three Tests and five One-day Internationals early next year, the fifth series between the regional rivals since bilateral ties were restored in 2004.

“Pakistan will host India for three Tests, five One-day Internationals and one, or possibly two, Twenty20 Internationals early next year,” Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Nasim Ashraf told a press conference after a Governing Board meeting here on Tuesday.

India stalled the bilateral cricket ties over political tension between the South Asian neighbours in 2000.

Pakistan hosted India in a three-Test and five one-day series in 2004 which opened the doors for bilateral ties. India also toured Pakistan in 2006.

Pakistan have played two series in India — in 2005, their first in India since 1999, and then in 2007.

“We are trying to convince India to play two Twenty20 matches as this type of cricket is getting popularity world-wide and a final itinerary will be announced after mutual consent,” said Ashraf.

Pakistan will also host Sri Lanka in early April 2009 for five one-day matches and then Australia, also for five One-day Internationals, announced Ashraf.

Australia last month agreed to split their postponed tour to Pakistan into two phases.

“Australia will start the five-match one-day series on April 23 as part of their commitment on the split tour and then come back again in 2010 to play three Tests,” said Ashraf.

The tour, due to take place in March-April this year, was put off after several Australian players hesitated over touring Pakistan because of rampant suicide bombings before the February 18 national polls.

Ashraf said Pakistan is also likely to play a Twenty20 matches series with the West Indies in Canada in August this year.

“Both Pakistan and the West Indies have given their consent to play a Twenty20 event in Canada in August, the dates and other modalities will be finalised soon,” said Ashraf.

Tuesday’s PCB meeting also approved allowing regional domestic teams to sign overseas players for next season, he said. Teams would be allowed to field two guest players who can be from within the country or overseas.

“Our main priority is to raise the standards of domestic cricket and we feel overseas players can also increase interest in these tournaments,” he said.

Ashraf said a security delegation from the International Cricket Council (ICC) will visit Pakistan next week to review security arrangements for the Asia Cup, which it is hosting in June-July, and the ICC Champions Trophy starting on September 11.

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