Thursday, May 15, 2014
Pakistan Will Play Six Full Series Of Cricket Against India During Next Eight Years
Pakistan confirmed on Wednesday it had agreed to play six full series of cricket against India with official backing, Pakistan is expected to host four of the matches over the next eight years, after its cricket board said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with India on the issue, and pending a legal agreement. Pakistan Cricket Board's chief operating officer Subhan Ahmad told," The Future Tour Programs (FTP) for Pakistan between 2015-2023 will have six tours of India, four of which will be hosted by Pakistan. Reports had been circulating since last month that a full series would be played between the two nations as early as next year, after the PCB conditionally agreed to reorganization of the game's administration,(but India is not trustworthy, it may cancel any match making lame excuses), the International Cricket Council (ICC), which will give India a bigger say in its governance. India suspended all bilateral series with Pakistan in the wake of 2008 attacks, which New Delhi blamed on the militants based across the border. Pakistani team toured India for a short limited series in December 2012- January 2013, but a full series was not agreed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Chief operating officer said the six tours will consist of ," 14 Tests, 30 one-days and 12 T 20s" The PCB expected the tours to be written in legally binding agreements "as soon as possible", he added. The PCB wanted the first of the series to be played on home ground, but if the security situation was not conducive to it the match will be played in the United Arab Emirates. Pakistan has not hosted any International cricket since the terrorist attack on Sri Lankan team bus in March 2009. If the series goes ahead it will mark a great success for Pakistan in he recent years after a prolonged isolation at international level due to security fears. Pakistan lastly played a full series in India in 2007 while last toured Pakistan in 2006. The cricket matches between Pakistan and India are widely seen as the most sought after cricket globally, with billions watching them on television worldwide. .