PCB to convince CA again for bilateral series in Pakistan

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to contact Cricket Australia again for a two-match ODI series next year in Pakistan before the World Cup 2019.

PCB is trying to persuade the Australians to consider touring Pakistan after a gap of around two decades, but nothing has been finalized yet.

According to the sources, the series will be played in the middle of January if CA accepts PCB’s proposal to play a brief series in the country.

PCB wants Cricket Australia to make the decision of touring Pakistan after watching PSL matches which will be staged in their home ground. Moreover, the board wants CA officials to witness the live PSL action in Karachi and Lahore.

Chairman PCB Ehsan Mani earlier said that he wants to persuade top teams to play in Pakistan as it’s a matter of changing perceptions about the situation in Pakistan.

“Once a team will visit Pakistan, they will see the situation themselves that international cricket can return to Pakistan. But simultaneously it is not easy to change the perception of people who have not been to Pakistan in recent times,” he said.

The Kangaroos have not toured Pakistan since 1998, though Test captain Tim Paine came here as part of a ‘World XI’ for a three-match T20I series tour last year.