Boards look to hold Indo-Pak series at a neutral venue

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The PCB Chairman, Shahryar Khan and his Indian counterpart, BCCI boss, Anurag Thakur have discussed on the chances of resuming Indo-Pak bilateral series at neutral venues.

Press Trust of India reported on Monday that according to some inside sources of the PCB, the heads of the two boards had a meeting during ICC’s annual conference in Edinburgh this week and exchanged thoughts on restarting the bilateral series between the two great cricketing nations.

“A proposal has been floated that it is about time both boards worked out a proper calendar for bilateral series at neutral venues,” said the source.

The sources further added, “The PCB chairman has said that Pakistan will be willing to play in India when it was the latter’s turn to host the series, while Pakistan will host home series at neutral venues finalised by consensus.”

As per reports, both Khan and Thakur have agreed to talk to their respective governments on this issue and will look to hold a series in the late 2016 of earlier part of 2017.

Pakistan had a short tour of India in 2012, where the two sides played a two-match T20 series that was resulted in a draw with 1-1 and a three-match ODI series that Pakistan won 2-1.

The arch-rivals haven’t been involved in a full-fledged cricket series since 2007 when Pakistan toured India.

Pakistan also tried to push India to fulfill their commitment of playing a bilateral series in 2015 in UAE as per the signed MOU between the two boards in 2014, however, Indian government didn’t allow the board to play the series.

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