PCB planning charity match with India in Glasgow

February 4th, 2009 - 5:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Feb 4 (IANS) Pakistan’s cricket officials are planning to organise a charity match against India in Scotland this summer, media reports said Wednesday.Saleem Altaf, Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) chief operating officer, was quoted as saying by Urdu newspaper Express that the PCB is thinking about inviting India to play a charity match against Pakistan in Glasgow.

Pakistan and India have suspended bilateral sporting ties because of strained relations between the two governments over last November’s deadly terror attacks in Mumbai.

India refused to send its cricket team to Pakistan and in a tit-for-tat move Pakistan blocked its hockey and squash teams from touring India. Recently, Pakistani authorities also blocked the country’s cricketers from featuring in the Indian Premier League (IPL and the unofficial Indian Cricket League (ICL).

Altaf said that the PCB is also considering lining up a One-day series against Ireland.

He hoped that New Zealand will tour Pakistan in November for a One-day series.

Pakistan is currently making arrangements to host the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka in a successful manner. The series will get underway in Karachi with the opening Test starting from Jan 21 followed by the second in Lahore.

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