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Pakistan cricket chief off to India to save series

Published: Friday, December 12, 2008, 10:24 [IST]
 
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PCB chief flies to India to save series

Lahore: PCB chief Ijaz Butt flew to India today in a last-ditch bid to rescue the series between the two nations, in doubt following the Mumbai attacks.

India are due to tour Pakistan early next year, but strained political relations after the Mumbai attacks siege on elements based here mean the series is now unlikely to go ahead.
Ijaz Butt will meet Indian cricket officials on the sidelines of an Asian Cricket Council meeting tomorrow to try to rescue the tour, The News quoted chief operating officer Salim Altaf as saying.

Salim Altaf told reporters here, “"The PCB chairman is off to India and on the sidelines of the ACC meeting he will have one-to-one talks with BCCI officials and try to ensure the series is played on schedule."

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sought government clearance for the tour, during which India is due to play a warm-up game, three Tests, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international.

Altaf said the PCB still hoped to go ahead with the series, "even if neutral venues are considered as options."

"The PCB sees England's return to India to play two Tests as a positive step, and we feel that more such positive steps will be taken for the betterment of cricket," he added.

ANI

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