Pakistan to tour India for one-off ice-breaking match this year

PCB chief Zaka Ashraf has says that there’s a great chance of Pakistan visiting India for a one-off match this year in a bid to normalise the bilateral connections between the 2 countries. Ashraf, who came back to Pakistan after a week-long visit to India, was quoted as saying Sunday he desired to produce a kind of association with the BCCI so that, in future, instead of playing their games at neutral sites, Pakistan could tour India. “We want to build good relations with the Indian board,” Ashraf said.

Ashraf, who held gatherings with the BCCI representatives during his trip to India, said because of the busy international schedule of both the sides it did not seem possible to have a complete bilateral series this season. “Hopefully within this month we could be in a position to declare the date for a one-off bilateral game that Pakistan will go and play in India,” he explained. The PCB has been trying to convince the BCCI to revive bilateral cricketing connections that were stopped after the Mumbai terror strikes in 2008.

Presently, the BCCI gave signals of breaking the deadlock when it declared that Pakistan’s domestic T20 champions, Sialkot Stallions, would be invited to play in this season’s Champions League T20 contest. The BCCI had also asked PCB chief to visit India for the IPL final.The PCB chief mentioned the date of the proposed game is likely to be finalised during the ICC gathering in Kuala Lumpur and described his gatherings with the BCCI representatives and political figures as very optimistic.

 

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