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Pakistan willing to play Abu Dhabi tri-series

Published: Saturday, May 6, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Lahore:Even though senior BCCI official IS Bindra claimed that the proposed tri-series in Abu Dhabi might be shelved with Pakistan not game for the tournament, PCB has contradicted him, announcing that the Men in Green were available for the September event.

Mr Bindra a Former BCCI President, told reporters in Abu Dhabi that Pakistan had expressed its inability to play in the tournament in September.

''Pakistan have said they will be arriving late from their England tour and then with the Ramadan it will be difficult for them to play in the proposed tournament,'' he said.

However, PCB Director, Cricket Operations, Saleem Altaf told journalists here that Pakistan was available for the proposed triangular series, also featuring India and Australia.

''Pakistan will return from England by September 12 while it will have to play the first match of this year's Champions Trophy on October 17. So there is enough time to play in Abu Dhabi,'' he said.

Meanwhile, he also informed that Shoaib Akhtar would resume bowling from next week in the presence of trainer Grant Compton after the latter's return from the EurAsia series in Abu Dhabi.

Shoaib has been plagued by knee and ankle injuries and has been doing light training after a surgery in Australia.

Altaf also revealed that Shoaib Malik, who recently had a minor operation on his elbow in South Africa, would be asked to join the training camp starting here from May 25 for the forthcoming tour of England.

Zaheer Abbas maybe the team manager when Pakistan tours England, Altaf said.

He also revealed that Pakistan will host the 2008 Champions Trophy in September-October and not in February-March as announced earlier by PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan.

''We cannot organise the Champions Trophy in Feb-March because Australia's tour to Pakistan is scheduled then. Besides, the Champions Trophy has always been organised in September-October as most of the teams, including England, have off-season during the period,'' he said.

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