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PCB keen to revive Ind-Pak series
Monday 19 September 2011

The Pakistan Cricket Board are seeking a formal meeting with the Board of Control for Cricket in India in an attempt to resume cricketing ties with India.

"The truth is right now everything is in the air. And frankly speaking even our policy on resuming bilateral cricket ties with India would only be made once we get a formal invitation from the Indians for a meeting or for next year's series in India," PCB Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmad told PTI.

Referring to different statements emanating on the subject, Ahmad said even during the recent meeting of the ICC chief executives in London, there was no formal discussions between the two boards.

"The secretary of the Indian board didn't come for the ICC meeting and his replacement was not aware of the situation on bilateral cricket ties. So no formal discussions were held," he said.

Ahmad made it clear that the PCB would only be able to take a decision on touring India next year when the BCCI came around to sending a formal invitation or to have talks.

"Our line is very clear even now we want resumption of bilateral cricket ties with India as soon as possible. But obviously we also have in mind that India has to compensate us for the FTP tour they didn't undertake in early 2009," Ahmad said.

"We are not laying any conditions but these are issues that need to be discussed properly. Then there is the issue of government clearances as well. So a lot of work needs to be done but as yet no formal discussions have taken place between the two boards," Ahmad added.

The PCB official noted that until the Indian board made a formal invitation, nothing could move forward.

"There are a lot of pending issues to discuss with the Indians but these need to be done at a formal level."

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