PCB proposes England hosts ODI tri-series featuring India, Pak
PCB chief Zaka Ashraf has proposed that the England and Wales Cricket Board hosts a one-day tri-series involving Pakistan and India next year, during the recent ICC executive board meeting held in Dubai.
A board official said during the ICC meeting, Ashraf had held informal talks with heads of the other boards, including England and India and proposed that England can host a tri-series next year involving Pakistan and India.
"Ashraf's contention is that the series would be a success in England due to the presence of the big Pakistani and Indian population in the United Kingdom and Europe and secondly it would also pave the way for proper restoration of bilateral ties between Pakistan and India soon," the source added.
During the meeting, the President of the South African cricket board also made an offer to host an ODI series between Pakistan and Australia.
"The South African cricket head assured his Pakistani counterpart that Pakistan would incur less expenses compared to if it decided to organize the series at some other neutral venue including UAE," one board official said.
He said while the PCB was keen to get international teams to start touring Pakistan again but was aware of the fact that it might be forced to play the one-day series against Australia once again at a neutral venue.
"Since it would be the month of fasting and the weather will be hot during July-August in the UAE that is why Pakistan is looking at other alternate neutral venues as well," he said.
The chairman, meanwhile, confirmed that he had a one-to-one meeting with captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, in Dubai in which the senior player informed him about the problems faced by the players and also requested him to increase salaries of players in the new central contracts.
"Misbah conveyed some issues to me which I have assured will be looked into when I get back to Pakistan. He also requested that the board should give increments to the players which we will look into before awarding the central contracts," Ashraf added.
The PCB, due to its financial condition, has not given any increments to players for the last few years and Ashraf said any decision on giving cash bonuses to the team for winning the Test series against England would also be taken after the series.