PCB looking to host Australia in November after Champions Trophy

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Lahore, Mar 14 (UNI) Although Australia has postponed its scheduled tour of Pakistan, the PCB is still hopeful that they will get the opportunity to host the world champions twice this year.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is sure that the Champions Trophy will be played in Pakistan and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suggested November as the possible time to compensate for the postponed series against Australia.

ICC's president-elect David Morgan made it clear that Pakistan will host the Champions Trophy as scheduled.

To a question that whether Pakistan will host the Champions Trophy this year or not, he replied, ''the answer is yes,'' Morgan said and added, ''that is the plan.'' The PCB is now sounding optimistic that Australia will agree to play Pakistan in a series in November.

The PCB's chief operating officer Shafqat Naghmi said, ''When they postponed the original tour, they asked us to propose a new date.'' ''We have looked at the international schedule and all of the other factors, and we think either November this year or March next year would be a good time for the tour to go ahead.

''If it was to proceed in November, it would most likely be a split tour, with the Australians then coming back in March.

''But if it were to take place in March, it would be a full tour. From reading James Sutherland's statements, I think he favours March,'' he added.

However, both the Australian and Pakistan boards have denied reports which suggested that the Indian Premier League (IPL) was the driving force behind the world champion's disapproval for the series.

Cricket Australia (CA), too, is looking to host a short one-day series before the team leaves for West Indies where it will play a three-test series.

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