PCB chief waiting for BCCI's approval on bilateral series

Zaka Ashraf said that they are willing to reschedule their cricketing itinerary if BCCI decides dates for the fxitures between India and Pakistan Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

New Delhi: May 31, 2012

After an indication that the bilateral series between India and Pakistan could resume later this year, Pakistan Cricket Board chief Zaka Ashraf said that they are willing to reschedule their cricketing itinerary if Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) comes up with dates for the fixtures for the series.

“Let the BCCI come up with dates and then we ll see our availability. Even if we re engaged (during those dates), we ll adjust in order to play India,” he said.

Ashraf believes that the resumption of the Sahara Cup in Toronto and a tri-series in England involving India and Pakistan could be a great money-spinner, given the Asian diaspora in these regions.

The PCB chief also attended the Indian Premier League (IPL) final at Chennai on May 27. The BCCI has also confirmed that they are planning to invite Sialkot Stallions, Pakistan s domestic T20 champion to be a part of Champions League T20 later this year.

“I have even proposed to the BCCI that they give us a ground here in India, which shall be treated as our home turf. We re ready to play here for a year before India feels safe to visit Pakistan. We re flexible in our approach and are hoping that the BCCI will reciprocate.” Ashraf was quoted as saying by DNA.

The fate of the bilateral series is likely to be finalised at a meeting of the ICC next month in Kuala Lumpur where Ashraf is likely to meet ICC chief Sharad Pawar as well as the BCCI president N Srinivasan.

While he s hopeful of a thaw in Indo-Pak ties, Ashraf revealed that three countries have shown interest in touring Pakistan. “We are in talks with two Asian and one Western country, but right now I m not in a position to divulge the names,” he said, adding that Bangladesh had made a huge blunder by postponing their recent tour of Pakistan citing security reasons.

Ashraf supported BCCI s power in the international cricket and compared it to that of United Nations (UN). He hoped that India will take the lead and involve the sub-continent in crucial cricketing decisions.