This is no April 1 prank: Australia to tour Pakistan...

Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Lahore: Australia will tour Pakistan sometime next year to make up for this year's tour which was 'postponed' by Cricket Australia (CA) citing security reasons, said PCB chairman Dr Nasim Ashraf.

The exact schedule of the tour will be finalised in next two weeks, he added.

“Cricket Australia have confirmed that their team will visit next year to make up for their postponed tour of Pakistan which was to be played this year and we welcome their decision," The News quoted Ashraf as saying.

He said in the next 15 days time the dates of the Australia team"s tour will be finalised besides fixing the strength of one-day and Test matches. “I was supposed to visit Australia to dicuss this issue but now there is no need to go there as I had very productive talks with the CA authorities who have shown keenness and confirmed regarding their team"s tour next year," he said.

The Chairman further said that Australia's tour next year will help the Board in making up for their postponed tour in which it had scheduled two Tests and five one-day matches.

Ashraf also said that PCB is also negotiating with the Sri Lankan Board regarding their team"s tour to Pakistan ahead of the Asia Cup in June-July this year. "We had a very good response from the Lankan Board and they have assured that their team will be visiting Pakistan," said the Board chairman.


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