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Misbah hopeful of Indo-Pak bilateral series

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Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 16:03 [IST]
 
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Misbah hopes for Indo-Pak series soon

Lahore, Apr 17: After three year's absence of international cricket in Pakistan, skipper Misbah-ul-Haq is now hopeful of hosting India in a bilateral series soon.

Bangladesh and Pakistan cricket boards on Sunday, announced that Bangladesh would play an ODI and Twenty20 match in Lahore on April 29 and 30. Since the terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan team in 2009, Bangladesh would be the first ICC Test-playing nation to visit Pakistan.

Misbah said he was excited to hear about the series being played in Pakistan.

"One of the most difficult things for me or the rest of the Pakistan team players has been to play away from home all the time in the last three years. It was disappointing not to get a chance to play in front of our people and on our own grounds," he said.

Misbah said he was hopeful that due to the efforts put in by the board and its chairman Zaka Ashraf more international cricket will be played in Pakistan.

"We need to have regular bilateral cricket series because nowadays when we play after a long gap there is lot of tension associated with our matches and there is extra pressure on the players. If we play regularly against each other I think it will be better for people of both countries," Misbah said.

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