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ICC rejects PCB's T20 match proposal

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Published: Thursday, June 7, 2012, 16:05 [IST]
 
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Lahore, Jun 7: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rejected Pakistan Cricket Board's proposal to host more than three Twenty20 matches against Australia later this year.

Pakistan Cricket Board has been advised by the ICC to take up the issue at the Chief Executive's meeting that is scheduled to be held at Kuala Lumpur at the end of June 2012.

"We had requested the ICC to allow us organise a series of more than three T20 matches against Australia in the coming series but the ICC instead has advised us that this matter should be discussed at the Chief Executive meeting," PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed said.

PCB was keen on converting the ODI series into a full-fledged T20 series after the Emirates Board offered to host the series for Pakistan but suggested that due to weather conditions and the month of Ramzan, Pakistan and Australia can play a series comprising of six or seven T20 internationals.

Pakistan is yet to decide on a neutral venue for Australia series after Aussies refused to play the matches in Pakistan due to security concerns.

PCB's Chief operating officer Ahmed had said that Intikhab Alam is off to Malaysia to inspect the two grounds in Kuala Lumpur and also visit UAE fromThursday.

"Once Intikhab submits his report on the ground conditions in both countries we will decide where to hold the Australia series. But one problem we face in organising the series in Kuala Lumpur is that in August the forecast is for 17 days of rain and that could spoil our series," Ahmed said.

He further suggested that UAE might be the only other venue to host the matches as the series is expected to beign after the Ramzan gets over from August 20.

"We have to hold the series in a period from August 20 to September 11 as the team has to reach Sri Lanka for the ICC T20 World Cup by the 13th," he said.

While the ICC has also advised the cricket boards to submit their preliminary list of 30 probables for the World Cup by the end of June 2012.

Interestingly, no Test playing nation has visited Pakistan since millitants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in March 2009, killing six Pakistani policemen and a van driver apart from injuring a few visiting players. Since then, Pakistan has been playing their home series at Dubai Abhu Dhabi and Sharjah.

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