Pak to play ODI in Scotland before England series

Published: Saturday, September 3, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:The Pakistan cricket team has agreed to undertake a week's tour of Scotland next year before their scheduled Test series in England.

A senior official of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Friday that the tour to Scotland to play two or three one-dayers was being undertaken on the initiative of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

"It was decided at last weeks meeting of the ICC chief executives that there was an acute need for Test playing nations to boost the game in associate countries by touring these countries.

The ICC wanted us to undertake a two-week tour of Scotland next year in June," he said. "But since we've a long and hectic tour of England starting from June 27, we agreed to be in Scotland for a week before going to England," he added.

Scotland, who have played in the 1999 World Cup in England, have also qualified for the 2007 World Cup after losing in the ICC qualifying tournament to Canada recently.

But since they don't have official one-day status from the ICC, their one-day games against Pakistan would not be counted as official one-dayers.

The PCB official said that the Pakistani players in Scotland would also hold some coaching camps for the youngsters to promote the game in that country. Scotland, which has hosted One-day Internationals in the 1999 World Cup, will host Pakistan from June 19.

The official also stated that Pakistan had agreed to send its second-string teams to associate countries more frequently in a bid to play its part in promoting cricket globally.

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