Indo-Pak cricket talks progressing slowly

Published: Tuesday, July 5, 2011, 11:25 [IST]
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Indo-Pak cricket talks going slowly

Lahore, July 5: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) aren't yet seeing eye-to-eye on the resumption of cricket ties between their respective national teams.

Such was the opinion of a PCB official after PCB chairman and COO Subhan Ahmad met with their Indian counterparts on the sidelines of the ICC's Annual Conference last week.

"The Indian board officials have conveyed that they also want to see quick resumption of bilateral series with Pakistan. But they have said they must first clarify certain things with their government," a board official told PTI.

The Indian officials were thus reluctant to straight away respond to the proposal, indicating that they would have to consult the Indian government first. However, both sides agreed that tight cricket schedules would not permit matches between India and Pakistan this year.

"The next Indo-Pak series will be the scheduled one of Pakistan touring India in March-April 2012," the official said.

The official said the PCB too would soon be soliciting permission from its government on undertaking the tour that has been included in the Future Tours Programme calendar ending in 2012. But he did add that the intentions from both sides were right

"The good thing about the meeting with the Indian officials was that we have got positive vibes from them and a concrete reply that also would like to see resumption of bilateral ties but as is the case with Indo-Pak ties, at every field clarity from the government is absolutely necessary," he said.

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