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India-Pakistan clash in US?

If the respective boards agree, India, Pakistan and a third country could play an annual triangular ODI series in US, Abu Dhabi or Holland.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2006 20:39 IST

India, Pakistan and a third country could be playing an annual triangular ODI series in the US, Abu Dhabi or Holland if the two South Asian countries' boards agree to a proposal from Zee Television.

After entering into a contract with five different cricket associations in three countries, Zee has written to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to allow their national teams to play an annual tournament for five years to "further the brand equity of the BCCI".

According to a well-placed BCCI source, Zee Business Head Himanshu Modi sent a letter to BCCI president Sharad Pawar and PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan on Tuesday.

"Modi has written to the BCCI and PCB chiefs, requesting them to allow the Indian and Pakistani teams to take part in a one-day international tournament in the US, Abu Dhabi or Holland once in a year," the source told IANS.

"He has said that if the teams are allowed to compete, it would further the brand equity of BCCI," the source informed.

The source disclosed that Zee had attached copies of its agreements to host matches with South Carolina Cricket Association (SCCA), North Texas Cricket Association (NTCA), Abu Dhabi Cricket Club (ADCC), Singapore Cricket Association (SCA) and the VRA Ground near Amsterdam in Holland.

The Zee proposal comes a month after the BCCI and PCB announced in Pakistan that the two teams would play an annual series of five one-day internationals either in the US, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) or Canada.

This annual series would be in addition to the India-Pakistan biennial Test and one-day series to be held alternately in the two countries, the boards had announced jointly.

It is not clear whether Zee's proposal seeks to be part of the policy decision taken by the BCCI and PCB during India's January-February tour of Pakistan.

India and Pakistan have played three full-fledged series, comprising Tests and one-day internationals, in less than two years, starting with the historic series in Pakistan in early 2004.

In addition to the proposed bilateral series, India and Pakistan will play two one-day internationals in Abu Dhabi April 18 and 19 to raise funds for the survivors of an earthquake that rocked the two countries in October last year.

First Published: Mar 18, 2006 17:29 IST