PCB draws itinerary for England~~s winter trip

Published: Thursday, April 28, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has proposed an itinerary for England's winter tour comprising three Tests and five One-day Internationals in the space of two months.

"The reason for the long nature of the tour is that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had requested us to schedule at least two three-day games before the start of the Test series and also a One-day practice game before the five One-day Internationals," said a PCB spokesman.

This will be the England's first of Pakistan since the winter of 2000, when Nasser Hussain's team won the series 1-0 after a thrilling run-chase in near darkness during the third and final Test in Karachi.

Although the plans are still very much in their early stages, the initial proposal from the ECB is that the Tests should take place in the major Test centres of Karachi, Faisalabad and Lahore - as has been the case on each of England's last three tours.

The PCB spokesman added that there were no plans to hold matches at the trouble spots of Peshawar and Quetta, while not ruling out the possibility of the five One-dayers being split between Lahore, Karachi and Rawalpindi.

England is expected to carry out security checks of the proposed venues ahead of the team's arrival.

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