India and Pak veterans likely to play in UAE

Published: Monday, May 15, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Several former cricket stars, including Javed Miandad and the deadly duo of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis may feature in a proposed series against India in Abu Dhabi later this year, according to the Pakistan Senior Cricket Board (PSCB).

PSCB president Fawad Ijaz Khan said Wasim and Waqar, apart from several other players were keen on the prospects of a duel with the Indian veterans in the UAE.

''I am sure that once the details of the proposed series are finalised, these players would confirm their participation in it,'' Mr Fawad as quoted said saying by The News.

Efforts are being made by the PSCB, Board of Veterans Cricket in India (BVCI) and Abu Dhabi Cricket Council officials to stage a three-match series between Pakistan and Indian senior cricket teams.

''The idea is to revive the glory days of Sharjah where these players from Pakistan and India have featured in so many memorable matches in the past,'' he explained.

Reports coming from UAE suggested that the plan is to stage the matches immediately after the ICC Champions Trophy to be held in India from October 7 to November 5.

But Mr Fawad said that the series can even take place before the Champions Trophy.

''We will have a few free days soon after Pakistan's tour of England so if everybody agrees then we can go for it sometimes in the mid of September,'' he said.

The Indian seniors, led by former skipper Muhammad Azharuddin, toured Pakistan last month and won the four-match series 3-1. But the series lacked gloss because both sides failed to rope in many stars.

''We had assurances from top players like Saeed Anwar and Ijaz Ahmad but they couldnt make it.'' However, Mr Fawad said that he is confident of having a bigger galaxy of stars for the show in Abu Dhabi.

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