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Thursday, January 8 2004 12:54 Hrs (IST)
The Pakistan Cricket Board said it has received a proposal from its Indian counterpart to play a Friendship Cup series of six One-day Internationals this year.
PCB chief executive Rameez Raja said at a press conference in Karachi that the proposal was in addition to the scheduled three-Test and five One-dayers the two teams would play in March-April this year.
"India has proposed that we play three ODIs in India and they pay a return visit immediately afterwards for three games anytime this year when both teams are free of other scheduled international commitments," Raja said.
He said India had proposed the additional six matches in lieu of the fact that Pakistan had wanted India to play seven One-dayers on their tour in March-April but settled for five because of time constraint and required rest period for their players.
Raja said the modalities of the ODI series would be worked out soon and it would be slotted into a period when both teams are free of international commitments.
The Indian Government late last year allowed resumption of bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan paving the way for India's first full Test tour to Pakistan since 1989.
Ind to play 3 Tests, 5 ODIs in Pakistan