Windies decline Pak offer for ODI series

Published: Friday, April 18, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Lahore: After being snubbed by Cricket Australia (CA) citing security reasons and Indian (BCCI) and Sri Lankan (SLC) cricket boards for prior commitments, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) received another jolt last evening when the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) declined an offer to play an ODI series, saying it was preoccupied with the game.

The PCB had reportedly invited the West Indies and New Zealand to play three-match ODI series in August to give its team some practice before the Champions Trophy in September.

This would have also helped PCB recover from the financial setback it suffered due to the postponement of Australia"s tour in March.

But the proposal was turned down.

“Yes, the West Indies board has informed us that since they are already committed to play some games in Canada in August, they can"t accept our invitation," The News quoted PCB chief operating officer Shafqat Nagmi as saying.

He added: “We have sent a fresh invitation to New Zealand asking them to come and play a full five-match One-day series instead of three ODIs. We are awaiting a reply from them."


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