Home > News >

PCB, BCCI mull ‘Ashes-like series’ in future

PCB, BCCI mull 'Ashes-like series' in future

Pakistan team is currently in India on a limited overs tour © PTI

Kolkata: Jan 3, 2013

With the revival of cricketing ties with India after a gap of almost five years, the Pakistan and Indian cricket boards are mulling an “Ashes” like series between the two countries to take forward bilateral sporting relations.
 
“We have floated a proposal for an Ashes-like series between India and Pakistan with the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India). With the current series, the ice has been melted and we need to take the relationship further,” Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf told mediapersons.
 
Ashraf said if the “India-Pakistan Ashes” becomes a reality, cricket-loving people of the two nations will be benefited and bilateral relations will also improve. He even proposed naming the series after Mahatma Gandhi and Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
 
The bilateral Test match series between Australia and England is traditionally known as the Ashes.
 
Following the 2008 Mumbai attacks, cricketing ties between the two neighbours got severed till its revival by the Pakistani team’s current visit to India for the two T20 internationals and three ODIs.
 
Ashraf also exuded confidence about revival of international cricket matches in Pakistan, which have been suspended after the attack on the Sri Lankan international cricket team March 3, 2009 at Lahore.
 
Ashraf said he was optimistic of a return tour by India.
 
“There is a window available for a return tour in August and we are in talks with BCCI about whether the series will be in a neutral venue or in India or Pakistan. There is still some time for the series and things will surely work out,” he said.
 
A brief tour by the British Army team and the Sindh provincial government hosting a world international eleven for two T20 matches at the national stadium in Karachi have rekindled hopes of international cricket finally returning to Pakistan.
 
“Hopefully international cricket will return to Pakistan sooner than later. Things have vastly improved and the terrorists have fled. There is fear psychosis lingering in the minds of people following the attack but I am hopeful international teams will soon start visiting us,” he said.
 
The PCB chief, however, refused to read much into Bangladesh’s refusal to go ahead with a proposed tour of Pakistan and blamed the fear psychosis behind the decision.
 
Commenting further on Indo-Pak cricketing ties, Ashraf said: “With this series the journey has begun and we sincerely hope and wish the journey continues. We cannot deprive the people of both nations of the beautiful game of cricket.”

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Centurion

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 19, 2014 (16:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Port Elizabeth

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (03:30 IST)   at Christchurch

More

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 17, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 7 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 16, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 87 runs

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 14, 2014  at Sharjah

Pakistan won by 147 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 13, 2014  at Pallekele

Sri Lanka won by 90 runs

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 12, 2014  at Sharjah

New Zealand won by 4 wkts

Photos

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane

Videos

Josh Hazlewood looks back at his 5-wicket haul

Pakistan vs New Zealand, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: Key clashes

Live Cricket Score, South Africa vs West Indies,1st Test, Day 3 at Centurion

India vs Australia 2014-15, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 3: India reach 71/1 at stumps

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi Preview: Teams prepare for high-octane finale

Anil Kumble Australia India Ishant Sharma Moments in history Ravichandran Ashwin Ricky Ponting South Africa

India buckle down to reach 71/1 at stumps on Day 3 of 2nd Test against Australia

Live Streaming: South Africa vs West Indies,1st Test, Day 3, at Centurion

Live Cricket Score: South Africa vs West Indies,1st Test, Day 3 at Centurion

Live Scorecard: South Africa vs West Indies, 1st Test, Day 3, at Centurion

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 3: Murali Vijay bowled by Mitchell Starc

Pakistan vs New Zealand, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: Key clashes

Stiaan van Zyl’s century on debut earns him a dream start to Test cricket

Varun Aaron: Memories of a teammate

World Cup 1987: Viv Richards decimates Sri Lanka at Karachi

India vs Australia 2nd Test at Brisbane: Steven Smith holds key for Australia

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

653 Posts | 10 Fans

India vs Australia: Murali Vijay's 144, Video highlights

प्रसिद्ध कथक नृत्यांगना सितारा देवी नहीं रही

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza, Renee Dhyani, Upen Patel, Praneet Bhatt, Sonali Raut – who should be evicted this week?

Revealed: The reason why Kishore Kumar’s biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor won’t feature Katrina Kaif!

अभिनेत्री प्रियंका चोपड़ा ने स्वच्छ भारत अभियान में हिस्सा लिया

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here