Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday dropped Rawalpindi from the itinerary for the home series against India and reiterated that shifting the series to a neutral venue would remain the last option for them.
PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt today met Indian High Commissioner Satyabrata Pal in Islamabad after which he announced that Rawalpindi was being withdrawn as a venue.
"The step of withdrawing Pindi Cricket Stadium from the itinerary was taken as part of our overall security plan for the forthcoming series", Butt said.
Butt said he briefed the Indian High Commissioner on the security steps being taken for the series which would feature three Tests, five One-day Internationals and a Twenty20 match.
Indian government, which recently cancelled a junior hockey team's Pakistan tour on security grounds, is yet to clear the cricket team's tour.
Butt said PCB would like to host the series here in Pakistan and was open to shifting it to a neutral venue only as the last option.
"Our priority is to have the series against India played in Pakistan. But as the last option, we may shift the series to the neutral venue in Abu Dhabi (UAE)," he said.