Pakistan cricket officials Thursday said they were confident of hosting Australia in the next 12 months after the world champions put off their tour to the troubled country over security fears.
Cricket Australia (CA) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) agreed to postpone the March-April tour on Tuesday following twin bomb blasts in the eastern city of Lahore, where Australia were due to play a Test and one limited-overs international.
PCB chief operating officer Shafqat Naghmi said he thought "a window could be found either in November this year or March next year" for a rescheduled tour.
"If they manage to come in November, it would most likely be a split tour, with the Australians then coming back in March 2009. But if it were to take place in March, it would be a full tour," said Naghmi.
He added there were no hard feelings between the two boards.
"We accepted the decisions with grace and have co-operated with CA and hope they help us in rescheduling the series in the best possible manner," said Naghmi.
To replace Australia in the meantime, Pakistan have arranged a five-match one-day and Twenty20 international series with neighbours Bangladesh.
However the PCB is still left looking for Test matches because its team's next Test series is not until India early next year.
The PCB claimed there will be no loss of income over the postponement of the Australian tour because they had insured the series with a British-based company.
The cricket board also hoped future events slated for Pakistan would not be affected in the wake of Australia's decision.
Pakistan is due to host the six-nation Asia Cup in June-July this year before playing host to the eight-nation ICC (International Cricket Council) Champions Trophy in September-October.
"We have assurances from India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh that they will feature in the Asia Cup and we hope no more events will be affected in Pakistan," PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf said on Tuesday.
Hong Kong and United Arab Emirates are the other teams to compete in the Asia Cup.