PCB to announce venue for Aus series next week

Published: Friday, August 16, 2002, 2:52 [IST]
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Karachi: Pakistan has not postponed its October Test with Australia and will announce a neutral venue for the competition next week, a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said on Thursday.

"We would not like the exciting Test series against Australia to be postponed and will announce an offshore venue next week," PCB director Chishty Mujahid said. The Australian Cricket Board (ACB) last week announced the Aussies would not tour Pakistan due to fears over player security, but were prepared to play the three- match October 1 to 24 series at an alternative venue. "Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Sharjah are the three options under consideration and we have taken advice from the government over shifting the series," Mujahid said. Bangladesh is favoured to get the nod after President Pervez Musharraf's recent visit to the former East Pakistan resulted in an improvement to the long tense relationship between the two countries. ACB chief executive James Sutherland on Wednesday said Australia would prefer to play at a neutral venue rather than have the series postponed. "ACB has been cooperative and whatever decision it took over touring Pakistan was on its government's advice, but the series will definitely be played and we are in touch with the ACB," the PCB director said. Mujahid thanked the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) for offering to send its team to play a One-day series in Pakistan. "ZCU has sent an official offer and we are thankful to it for its goodwill gesture. Pakistan needs such support from the rest of cricket world."

Australia willing to play Pak Tests at neutral venue

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