Karachi: Pakistan may take on India for a three-match one-day series next month amid concerns that a tour by Australia might be postponed over security fears, an official said Thursday.
"We have received positive signals from India on a short series as part of our efforts to fill the gap created by shortening our home series against Australia," Shafqat Naghmi, chief operating officer Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), told AFP from Kuala Lumpur.
Naghmi and other PCB officials went to India last week and proposed the series, which would be played between March 12 and 18 in Lahore.
"We keep our fingers crossed that both India and Australia will tour Pakistan," Naghmi said.
Australia will send a security team to Pakistan early next month to assess the situation before committing to the scheduled tour.
They have expressed reluctance to tour Pakistan over security fears, sparked by the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in December.
If the security team gives the go-ahead, the tour that comprises three Tests, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match will be shortened from 48 days to 30 days and begin on March 29.
India are currently playing in Australia and will host South Africa in late March.