India may offer to host Pakistan-Australia series


Pakistan’s home series against Australia may be organized in India provided the Board of Control in India offers to host the series otherwise there are around three options and the board is working of them, said PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf.
Talking to journalists here at the Gaddafi Stadium, Zaka said that India could host his team’s upcoming series against Australia.
Australia will play five one-day internationals and three Twenty20s with Pakistan before the World Twenty20 in September.
Pakistan have shortlisted the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Zimbabwe and South Africa as venues, and India may be considered, Mr Ashraf said. “We are seeing where the cost will be less,” he said. “If the cost is less (in India) there’s no harm in organising Pakistan’s home series at some good venue.”
Ashraf also said he will use his invite to the Indian Premier League final as a chance to talk about resuming bilateral series with India.
“The ice has started to melt slowly and the relations are improving. President Zardari had a detailed talk with Indian Premier Manmohan Singh and it was due to that conversation that the BCCI has invited T20 champions Sialkot Stallions to play in the Champions League.
Last week, the BCCI said it will invite the Pakistan Twenty20 champion Sialkot Stallions to this year’s Champions League.
Ashraf has accepted the invitation from the Board of Control for Cricket in India to the final in Chennai on Sunday and during the meeting several things would come under discussion and the BCCI might offer to host Pakistan’s Australia series.
The bilateral series has been suspended since 2008 after the terror attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people.
Ashraf said yesterday he will be talking with his Indian counterparts on resuming cricketing ties.