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Indo-Pak series doubtful

cricket Updated: Apr 18, 2011 01:57 IST

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Former Pakistan players are in favour of resumption of bilateral cricket ties with India but have doubts over playing a short series this year due to arch-rivals' packed international calender.

Former captains Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad and Rashid Latif feel that a series is possible on a neutral venue later this year if both Indian and Pakistan governments work out the modalities.

"If both the governments want, then a short series is possible this year itself at any venue. If the Indian government asks the BCCI to organise a series, then the Indian Board will definitely try to find a time slot," Zaheer said.

Zaheer also noted that even from a business and financial point of view, a Indo-Pak series meant lot of money for the boards, players and commercial entities.

But former great Javed Miandad said he didn't see prospects of a series this year because of the tight international calender of the Indian team.

"I don't think we must rush things from our side because the Indian team is busy this year. But the Pakistan board must plan ahead for a series next year," he said.

Former wicketkeeper-batsman Rashid Latif said Pakistan has faced harsh times with no foreign teams willing to tour the country because of the volatile security situation.

"I don't support this concept of having matches at neutral venues because it robs the series of its charm and importance. Playing in Pakistan or India is entirely different and the atmosphere and expectations are different. I think if need be, Pakistan can go and play in India to start off this revival process," he said.