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Has BCCI agreed to an Indo-Pak bilateral series?

February 04, 2014 11:31 IST

If the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Zaka Ashraf is to believed, get ready for a Indo-Pak series in the near future.

Ashraf has said that his Indian counterpart N Srinivasan had agreed to India playing a bilateral series with Pakistan at a neutral venue.

Indo-Pak bilateral series in the offing"Mr Srinivasan has reassured me they are serious about playing a bilateral series with us even at neutral venues of our choice, but eventually we will need some written assurances and firm guarantees that this series will happen," Ashraf told the media in Lahore on Monday.

Ashraf termed the offer by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as a positive gesture. "We want to be sure that this proposed series against India will actually take place, because you have to keep in mind that India had avoided playing regular bilateral series with us in recent years," he said.

Ashraf pointed out that, in contrast, Pakistan had gone out of its way to play against India and had toured India in 2007 and 2013 but in this period India played in Pakistan only during the Asia Cup in 2008.

The offer from the BCCI for a bilateral series has come after the Indian cricket board along with its Australian and England counterparts moved a draft proposal paper at the ICC, which proposes to restructure the governance model of the world body and also revise the distribution of finances and revenues among member nations.

Ashraf said that as far as relations with India were concerned, PCB would seek guarantees and written assurances from the BCCI for any future series.

He admitted that the BCCI had told Pakistan before the ICC meeting late last month that they needed to sign the draft proposal by the three boards but since then India's stance had changed for the positive.

Ashraf also said that the PCB was in talks with the South Africa and Sri Lankan cricket boards to have regular series with them.

"With South Africa we are looking to have a regular series named the Jinnah-Mandela trophy," he said. 

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