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PCB insists on T20 match in India

The PCB is keen on a Twenty20 match in the upcoming series to raise funds for late Bob Woolmer's cricket academy.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Karachi
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2007 04:37 PM IST

The Pakistan Cricket Board is trying to convince their Indian counterparts to accommodate a Twenty20 match in the upcoming series between the two sides to raise funds for the cricket academy of late Bob Woolmer.

PCB Chairman Nasim Ashraf said the Indian board had rejected the proposal as requested by the widow of late Woolmer, who died during the World Cup in March.

"They say that since the ICC has kept a cap of seven Twenty20 matches a year for all teams, they can't fit in this match this season," Ashraf said.

"But we feel this is a match for a noble cause and something can be managed. We are still trying to convince the Indian board to review the situation," he added.

Pakistan will tour India from November 1 to play in five one-day internationals and three Tests besides a three-day warm up match.

Gill, the widow of Pakistan's late coach had sent a letter to the Pakistan and Indian boards requesting them to play a Twenty20 international to raise funds for the academy, which Woolmer had established in his hometown of Capetown.

"We are very keen to do something for Woolmer's academy and if it is not possible on this tour we will look at other alternatives as well.

"Bob had a very fruitful association with Pakistan cricket and we feel we need to contribute something for his academy," Ashraf said.

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