PCB wants Indo-Pak series every two years only

Published: Sunday, December 4, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shaharyar Khan is to address quite a few bilateral and multi-national issues on cricket when he meets his Indian counterpart Sharad Pawar here ahead of the BCCI's Working Committee meeting today.

One of these is regarding the cutting down on Indo-Pak bilateral contests to once every two years to keep the enthusiasm on, the PCB chairman told reporters at the Cricket Club of India after arriving from Pakistan.

"There's been too much of bilateral contests between the two of us recently and I don't want the enthusiasm to wane in a contest which is tougher than the Ashes series between Australia and England.

"We met each other on 14 occasions last year (2004-05 season) and are to meet at least 11 times this year (2005-06 season, which means one match every month which is like strangling the goose that lays the golden egg," said the suave career diplomat.

"I would be suggesting to Mr Sharad Pawar that we should only meet once in two years (similar to the Ashes contest)," he said.

Khan also said that there was a distinct likelihood of India not playing the earlier announced two-day warm-up game in Lahore prior to plunging into the high-octane three-Test rubber on Jan 5, 2006 on their scheduled tour to Pakistan.

"There's a rethink on the issue now as there's a feeling to do away with the practice match since conditions in the two countries are basically similar and because India would be engaged in a Test series against Sri Lanka prior to the visit," he said.

Indians are to play three Tests and five One-day internationals against Pakistan in January and February, 2006 besides taking part in the Asia Cup to be hosted by their western neighbours in March.

"We have suggested Karachi, Faisalabad and Lahore to be the venues of the Test matches to the Indian board," said the PCB chief.

The complete itinerary, including the venues and dates for the One-Dayers, is expected to be finalised tomorrow at the BCCI's working committee meeting.

Shaharyar Khan also said he would raise the issue of the final settlement of the PILCOM accounts of the 1996 World Cup, which is still under dispute, at his meeting with Pawar.

The mega event was jointly hosted by the two boards along with the Lankan body and Shaharyar said only some of the money alleged to be due to Pakistan amounting to US dollar 3.6 million might be in the realms of conjecture but not all.

Reacting to the resignation of Jagmohan Dalmiya from the presidentship of the Asian Cricket Council today, the PCB chief said he would like Pawar to succeed the former as it was India's turn to lead the body for two years.

The PCB chief was also happy with the new process of dealing with the raging issue of chucking set in motion by the International Cricket Council.

"Earlier both Shabbir Ahmed and Shoaib Malik (reported by umpires during the Pakistan-England first Test for chucking) would have been straightaway banned from playing," he said.

"Only one delivery of Shoiab was not above board in the recent series for which he was reported. He is to leave for Western Australian to interact with biomechanist Prof Bruce Eliot and would be available for the One-dayers," the PCB chief added.

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