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Pak-Aus tri-series in India

However, Pak's availability would be known after ICC's decision on the status of Zimbabwe.

india Updated: Jan 15, 2006 12:30 IST

Pakistan are likely to play in a tri-series in India with Australia as third team later this year, a top Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said on Saturday.

Pakistan's availability, however, would be known after the International Cricket Council made a decision on the status of Zimbabwe, who are scheduled to visit during the same time as the Indian tri-series -- before the ICC Champions Trophy in October-November.

PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan disclosed the information while speaking to reporters.

Pakistan would be returning from a three-and-a-half month tour on England on September 12 while the ICC Champions Trophy will start in India from October 7.

After the England tour and before the Champions Trophy, Pakistan are to host Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe are facing serious cricket crisis and in the latest development, the government has taken over the establishment after all the leading Zimbabwe cricketers, including Tatenda Taibu, retired from the game.

Nevertheless, Shaharyar said if Pakistan couldn't participate in the event, a third team would be invited.

The tri-series between Pakistan, India and Australia is expected to generate more than $50-million.

First Published: Jan 15, 2006 12:30 IST