PCB committe holds meeting for South Africa Tri-series options

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Lahore, Sep 3 (UNI) Eager to compensate the postponement of the Champions Trophy, the International Cricket Committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today met in Karachi to make possible a tri-series or a Twenty-20 series in South Africa.

''We are trying our level best to arrange a tri-series in South Africa so that our team gets some cricket in the wake of Champions Trophy postponement,'' committee chairman Ali Raza said after the meeting.

''We are currently negotiating with Cricket South Africa, who have shown a lot of interest in hosting us. Since we wanted to use that September 12-28 window (dates of the postponed Trophy), we are running out of time so by next couple of days we would be able to decide whether to play the tri-series or play some Twenty20 matches with South Africa,'' said Raza.

The Champions Trophy, which was to be held from September 12 in Karachi and Lahore was postponed because of security concerns.

However, Raza said it was important that Pakistan team gets some cricket.

''We have a lot of postponments this year. Australia postponed their tour and efforts to arrange some other series also fell through so we are desparately trying to arrange some cirkcet for our team and hopefully we will manage to get some,'' he added.

Pakistan will go without a Test this year as Australia postponed their tour to Pakistan also because of security reasons.

Pakistan last played a Test in December in India and their next match would also be against arch-rivals at home in January.


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