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PCB wants formal discussions with BCCI for resumption of Indo-Pak cricket ties

Sep 20, 2011 2:30:09 PM - www.ft.lk

Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board has said that the proposed bilateral series between Pakistan and India is “in the air”, and that it does not expect any progress until the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) holds a formal meeting with the PCB.

“The truth is, right now everything is in the air. And frankly speaking, even our policy on resuming bilateral cricket ties with India would only be made once we get a formal invitation from the Indians for a meeting,” the Dawn quoted PCB Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmad, as saying.
He said that the PCB wants the resumption of cricket ties with India `as soon as possible,’ but added that the BCCI has to compensate its Pakistani counterpart for the cancelled 2009 tour.
“Our line is very clear even now, we want resumption of bilateral cricket ties with India as soon as possible. But obviously we also have in mind that India has to compensate us for the FTP tour they didn’t undertake in early 2009,” Ahmad said.
Ideally, the BCCI could compensate for the cancelled series in 2009 by playing some extra games, the PCB official said.
“We are not laying any conditions, but these are issues that need to be discussed properly. Then there is the issue of government clearances as well. So lot of work needs to be done, but as yet no formal discussions have taken place between the two boards,” he added.

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