Pakistan eager to host India next year, says coach Lawson

September 2nd, 2008 - 9:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Sep 2 (IANS) Pakistan cricket coach Geoff Lawson said Tuesday that his team is eagerly awaiting the home series against India, scheduled to get underway early next January.Starved of international cricket, Pakistan will be playing their first Test in almost 13 months when they host India for a three-match Test series. Pakistan’s last Test was also against India in Bangalore in December 2007.

“The series against India is the most important assignment for our team,” Lawson told reporters in Lahore. “We are all eagerly looking forward to it and I am confident that the team will be fully ready for the Indians,” added the former Australian Test pacer, who took over as Pakistan coach last summer.

Under Lawson, Pakistan lost in both the Test and One-day International away series against India last year.

Lawson said that the postponement of the Champions Trophy, which was to be held in Pakistan Sept 12-28, was a big blow for his team, but he was quick to add that Pakistan will overcome the setback and would focus on the future.

The Indians will also play five One-day Internationals and Twenty20 International on their tour of Pakistan. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is yet to decide the itinerary for the series.

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