India, Pakistan likely to play more matches

Published: Saturday, April 3, 2004, 23:39 [IST]
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Multan:Pakistan and India are planning to squeeze a six-match One-day series, to be played on home and away basis, later this year, a top cricket official said in Multan on Sunday.

Chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ramiz Rajasaid the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had confirmed the series but the schedule was still to be decided.

"We are planning to have a six-match One-day series with India, three in each country later this year," Raja said.

But the PCB would be hard pressed to squeeze the series as the Pakistan team fly out to Malaysia to play three One-dayers against Sri Lanka in May. They also host Zimbabwe in September-October this year and after a gap of just five days fly to Australia to play a Test and One-day tri-series Down Under.

The series has been planned in order to make up for BCCI's cutting down of Pakistan's proposal of seven One-day games to five on the on-going tour. Pakistan have also shown interest in playing a tri-series in India during the time when India host Australia and South Africa. Australia have already refused to feature in the tri-series and Pakistan could be a good option for India.

Pakistan are also committed to tour India for three Tests and five One-day games next year.

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