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Thursday, January 22 2004 10:55 Hrs (IST)
"Judging for the kind of form the Indian team displayed at present in Australia, it would have upper hand against Pakistan in the One-Day series," Raja told a private television channel.
Raja said a lot depended on the temperament and skill of the top players of the two teams in the Test arena and both of them have 50-50 chances of winning in the longer version. India is scheduled to begin its tour to Pakistan from the second week of March and will play three Tests and five One-Day Internationals.
The two countries have not played a Test series since 1999-00 and India has not travelled to Pakistan for over a decade.
India, which is on the tour to Australia, has levelled the four Test series 1-1 and has shown good form in the One-Day triangular series, despite injury concerns to few of its top players, so far.
Pakistan team, which underwent the process of rebuilding after its first round exit from the World Cup in South Africa, has won the Test series against South Africa and New Zealand but lost the One-Day series against both the countries.
"Which ever team wins the Indian team's tour to Pakistan would enrich PCB's coffers and make up the losses suffered by it due to persistent boycotts by India and other teams for the past few years over political and security reasons," Raja said in the interview.
He said the security issues relating to the Indian tour were extremely sensitive and Pakistan has geared up to do its best to provide full proof security to the players.
"Similar concerns were addressed when the South African and New Zealand teams toured recently. But India is a different case. We do not want anything to happen to upset the tour."
Raja said the PCB anticipated a large number of Indian cricket fans to visit Pakistan to watch the matches and hence plans were afoot to sell tickets through internet and upgrade facilities at different stadiums
Pointing out that the PCB made 99 per cent of its money by selling TV rights, Raja hinted that efforts were on to re-evaluate the television rights to accommodate Indian TV networks during the tour.
PCB has already sold the TV rights for local matches to Dubai based Taj TV, which owns the Ten Sports Channel.
The Board in a statement has conceded that Ten Sports has exclusive rights for telecast of the Tests and One-Day Internationals between India and Pakistan but at the same indicated that efforts were on to broaden the deal to expand the coverage.
The PCB had cut a sorry figure recently when the first match of One-Day series between Pakistan and New Zealand was not telecasted due to a brawl over rights between local TV Geo and state run PTV. It was settled with the intervention of President, Gen Pervez Musharraf.
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