PCB declines CA~~s proposal to re-schedule tour

Published: Friday, August 19, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has turned down a request from Cricket Australia (CA) to schedule their team's visit to Pakistan for August 2007 after the World Cup instead of the scheduled tour in February 2008.

"CA had sent us a request that they would like to undertake their scheduled tour of Pakistan in August 2007 instead of February 2008. But weve declined because the weather in August, specially in Punjab, is not conducive for International Cricket," a senior PCB official said. Australia is due to play three Tests and five One-day Internationals in Pakistan.

The Australians, led by former captain Steve Waugh, had declined to play in Pakistan on their last tour in 2002 on security grounds and the series was shifted to neutral venues, Colombo and Sharjah, with a tri-series being held in Nairobi.

The official said the PCB had also got some queries from different boards for organization of 'A' team and junior tours. "We are presently sitting down and chalking out a schedule for the next four years so that itineraries can be finalised well in advance unlike the past when these things happened too late," he said.

Pakistan this season will host two international teams, England and India, besides staging the Asia Cup from mid February next year.

While the itinerary for the England series has been announced from October 26 to December 22, the program for the series against India is yet to be finalised with the main interest being if India would accept Pakistan's proposal to play a Test and a One-dayer in Karachi.

However a source in the Board said unofficially the Indians had already conveyed to the PCB that they would play a Test and One-dayer in Karachi on their tour and there would be no changes on security or political grounds. "India is certain to play a Test in Karachi but they've to get the itinerary formally approved from some of their ministries before making a final announcement," he said.

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