I would love to play against India in my country: Younis

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Lahore, Nov 24 (UNI) With clouds looming large over India's tour of Pakistan early next year, senior batsman Younis Khan today urged the neighbouring country to put aside security concerns and go-ahead with the tour as scheduled.

India is scheduled to tour Pakistan and play three Test matches, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international during its January 4-February 19 tour.

''The security situation globally is a problem but life goes on and I would urge India to tour Pakistan,'' Younis said.

''As a player I would love to play India in my country and I would definitely like the series to go-ahead on schedule,'' he said.

But India has still not confirmed the tour as it is awaiting clearance from its government, which is reviewing the security situation in Pakistan.

Younis said he was confident that the series would take place and cricket fans in the sub-continent would get to see a good contest and added that even though the Indian team is in good form, they will get a tough competition from Pakistan.

''India might be doing well against other teams but I know as a player when they play Pakistan it is different and our players also rise above themselves to do well.

''England beat Australia in 2005 but when they came to Pakistan they lost and Test and One-day series,'' he added.

PCB COO Salim Altaf on Saturday informed that the board's chairman Ijaz Butt will visit India later this month to meet BCCI official in a bid to save the tour.

''The chairman (Ijaz Butt) PCB will meet officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) later this month and convince them to tour Pakistan,'' Altaf said.

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