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PCB invites Zimbabwe to play three ODIs, A-team matches

 
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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has invited the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) to play two four-day games against its A team and three One-day Internationals (ODIs) against the national side before the ICC Champions Trophy in India this year.

Chairman PCB Shaharyar Khan told ‘The News’ that two proposals had been sent to the Zimbabwe board to resolve the problem that has been created as a result of the ZCU interim committee suspending the Test status of its national team till February 2007.

Zimbabwe were due to tour Pakistan to play three Tests and five ODIs this year after the Champions Trophy but after the ZCU decided not to play any Tests until next year due to the boycott by their leading players, Pakistan has been reluctant to host them only for a one-day series.

“Basically we’ve given them two options: One is they come in September on their way to India for the Champions Trophy and play two four-day games against the Pakistan A side and then three ODIs against the senior team,” he said.

“Although we are keen to give our senior players proper rest after they return from the England tour around September 12 before they go to India for the Champions Trophy, we’ve discussed this with them and I don’t think playing just three ODIs would be that much of a burden on them,” Shaharyar said.

He said the second proposal to the ZCU was to postpone the tour altogether and tour next year in April to play a full series by which time their board would’ve restored their team’s Test status.

Shaharyar said it was a fact that Pakistan was not keen to host the Zimbabwe team only for five ODIs this year after the Champions Trophy.

“But it is our obligation to them to host them this year plus we also have to fulfil our contractual obligations with our TV rights owners,” he explained. He added that when the next ICC meeting is held, he would be taking up this issue further with them.

“As far as the West Indies’ tour to Pakistan is concerned in November and December it is confirmed,” he stated. Shaharyar also made it clear that Pakistan had informed the Indian and Australian cricket boards that Pakistan would not be taking part in any tri-series with them in September this year as it wanted to give its players a much needed rest after they return from England.

“The exact situation is that we’ve told them we’ll not play as we don’t want to put a huge strain on our players who are facing a hectic schedule before the World Cup.”

He said there was a proposal floated by Australia and India who were keen to play a tri-series before the Champions trophy in Abu Dhabi but this was not possible anymore.

“Australia were very keen as they wanted to play a one-week event before going to India for the Champions Trophy. But we’ve to think of our players; we don’t want any of them burn out before the World Cup. The players also requested us to give them proper rest period before the Champions Trophy. So we changed our mind. Now we’ve told them we can’t play in this tri-series anywhere.”

Source:The News

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