PCB chief says Pak could switch home series to India

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Karachi, Nov 18 : PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt has reportedly said that if Team India is not able to tour Pakistan for "Security reasons" early next year, his country's side might shift the series, including Tests, ODIs and one Twenty20, to India.

He said the PCB had suffered a lot because of the cancellation of a few series in the recent past, after foreign cricket teams, including Australia, England, South Africa, and New Zealand refused to visit the country in the aftermath of suicide blasts and rampant violence killing hundreds of people.

"Pakistan cricket has already suffered a lot because of teams refusing to play at our venues. We are counting on India to break the ice. But if the Indians are not permitted by their government to tour Pakistan for any reason then we can look at the option of swapping the series with India," The News quoted Butt as saying.

Doubts over Team India visiting Pakistan in January have rise after the Indian government stopped a junior hockey team from touring Pakistan at the last moment earlier this month over "security concerns".

Pakistan cricket has suffered heavily this year due to the refusal of teams and players to tour following a series of suicide bombings. In August, the ICC postponed the Champions Trophy after facing a possible boycott from five of the eight teams in the field.

ANI

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