Talks going on for cricket revival in Pakistan: Zaka

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Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Zaka Ashraf said that the PCB is striving hard to revive international cricket in the country and talks are in progress with two to three countries in this regard.Pakistan will be touring India later this year for a few One-dayers and T20 matches. India and Pakistan last played in a bilateral series in 2007 as cricketing ties between them froze following the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. “The coming series will only help in improving relations between the two countries,” he said. Ashraf has admitted that the decision to not completely boycott the ICC annual awards ceremony was taken with a view to safeguard future relations with cricket’s governing body. “We remain utterly disappointed that Saeed Ajmal was not shortlisted in any category for the awards. But we had to keep in mind our relations with the ICC as well,” Ashraf told reporters here. “We know that the omission of Saeed was a mistake and clearly there is a need to review the process through which the nominees for the awards are selected. But we also had to keep in mind that the ICC is not against us and it has supported us a lot,” he added.