PCB welcomes India series
Lahore, July 16: The Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday swiftly welcomed the first proposed cricket series with India in five years, saying millions of fans would be delighted.
"The decision is great and we welcome it. It seems that millions of cricket fans have their wishes fulfilled," PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf told reporters in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore.
"We have received a letter with the BCCI invitation for the series in which they have confirmed the series, and the venues and other things will be decided later," said Ashraf.
India's cricket chiefs said they had invited Pakistan for a tour later this year, which would be the first in five years if approved by their governments.
The working committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) proposed the series, likely to be three one-day internationals, in December-January.
Ashraf, who was appointed chairman of the PCB last October, spoke to the BCCI after he was invited to watch the Indian Premier League (IPL) final on May 28 -- a month after Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari asked Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to revive cricket.
"I started the talks as soon as I took over as PCB chairman. I started for the revival of cricket in Pakistan as well as breaking the deadlock between India and Pakistan and I am thankful to the Almighty that it has happened," said Ashraf. AFP
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