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Abu Dhabi Cricket Council offers to host

The Abu Dhabi Cricket Council has offered to host the Pakistan and India cricket series early next year if it is not held in Pakistan due to security reasons.

cricket Updated: Nov 13, 2008 11:16 IST

The Abu Dhabi Cricket Council has offered to host the Pakistan and India cricket series early next year if it is not held in Pakistan due to security reasons.

The chief executive of ADCC, Dilawar Mani, said his organisation was always keen to host international matches especially if they involved Pakistan and India.

"If Pakistan is not able to host the Indians for some reasons at home we would be willing to stage the matches free of cost," Mani told Geo News channel.

He, however, didn't specify whether the ADCC would be willing to host both the Test and one-day series.

Doubts have crept in over whether India would tour Pakistan next year following the last minute cancellation of the Indian junior hockey team's tour to Pakistan this week, after the Indian Ministry of External Affairs didn't give clearance for the hockey series.

Mani said that Pakistan and India series could be hosted in the Emirates as besides Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah also have international standard grounds.

"The Dubai sports city ground is also ready to be launched soon so we have three venues right now," he added.

He pointed out that international cricket was a viable proposition in the Emirate states because of the large concentration of people from the sub-continent particularly in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.