PCB for Indo-Pak series if Oz pulls out

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Lahore, Feb 15 (UNI) Connoisseurs of Indo-Pak cricket could be in for a treat with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) planning a one-day series with the arch-rivals if the Australian series gets called off.

''Yes, there have been some discussions with the Indian board to arrange a three or five match one-day series before they host South Africa at home. But nothing is concrete as yet,'' a PCB source said.

According to the PCB, talks had been initiated with some boards whose teams had free time in March-April.

The widespread violence in Pakistan following the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto had cast doubts on the Australian tour, scheduled to begin next month.

Cricket Australia (CA) said independent security advisors have cautioned against playing in Pakistan because of the uncertain security situation.

However, a PCB official said efforts were being made to convince the Australians to come to Pakistan and a meeting would be held at Kuala Lumpur this week with CA officials.

''But we are aware that they are finding excuses to back out and we are studying all possible options,'' he added.

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