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Malaysia hopes to stage Pakistan-Sri Lanka one-day series

Published: Saturday, May 8, 2004, 22:10 [IST]
 
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Lahore:Malaysia hopes to stage its first ever One-day cricket series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka later this month, a visiting Malaysian official said.

"As of now, the three-match One-day series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan is still on and we want to make it an annual feature as it can lift the game in our country," Malaysian Cricket Association (MCA) President Tunku Imran said on Saturday.

Imran, who is here to attend an Asian Cricket Council (ACC) development seminar, said he would discuss the One-day series with Pakistani and Sri Lankan officials.

The three matches in the forthcoming series are due to be played on May 25, 27 and 29, but press reports said the MCA was encountering difficulties in luring title sponsorship.

"We will finalise the matter within the next week as we have already paid the guarantee money of 50,000 dollars each to Pakistan and Sri Lanka and have substantial sponsorship.

"If the title sponsorship doesn't come through we may postpone the matches for later dates but we are determined to stage the series."

Malaysia successfully hosted cricket during the 1998 Commonwealth Games and has since increased the cricketing infrastructure.

"I want to clear the misconception about Malaysian cricket that we play on matting wickets. No, we have eight very good turf pitches and all are approved by the ICC (International Cricket Council)," said Imran, who is also involved in Malaysian squash and hockey.

"Cricket is not a new game in Malaysia, in fact the first match played there was in 1854, but since the Independence it had little government support.

"But things have changed now and we are champions at under-19, under-15 and under-13 level in tri-nation events with Singapore and Hong Kong and have good following and government support," he stressed.

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