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BCCI, PCB in touch to revive cricket ties


Posted: Sep 10, 2009 at 1251 hrs IST

Karachi: Cricket boards of India and Pakistan are in touch to discuss resumption of bilateral cricket ties in the near future at neutral venues.

Sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board said that a BCCI official had spoken to PCB this week and some discussion revolved around the possibility of revival of bilateral cricket ties between the two countries.

"The PCB is very keen to push this idea forward as a series against India will improve its financial health considerably and also allow it to meet its commitments with the broadcasters who are paying a lot of money for the television rights of Pakistan cricket," one source said.

The source also confirmed that Pakistan was keen to convince the Indians to resume bilateral ties by even agreeing to play a short series of one or two one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match at some neutral venue.

"The ice can be broken with a short series which can happen if the Indian Government gives the go ahead to its board," one source said.

He said they were some positive signals coming from BCCI which had also assured the PCB that it was keen to see Pakistani players in the Indian Premier League next year. The PCB has already given clearance to all-rounder Abdul Razzaq and some other players to sign up with IPL franchises. India suspended bilateral ties early this year after the Mumbai terror attacks by calling off a scheduled Test tour in January that cost PCB USD 25-30 million.

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