PCB yet to decide on Abu Dhabi tri-series
"The invitation is there and we have not closed our options," PCB's Director Saleem Altaf said.india Updated: May 05, 2006 14:44 IST
Pakistan Cricket Board said it had yet to decide about participating in the tri-nation one-day series in September in Abu Dhabi that also features India and Australia.
"The invitation is there and we have not closed our options. We are still discussing it and we have not made any decisions about or participation or non-participation," PCB's Director (Cricket Operations) Saleem Altaf said from Lahore.
The Abu Dhabi series is sandwiched between Pakistan's three-and-a-half month tour of England and the ICC Champions Trophy in India.
After the Champions Trophy, the team has a home series against the West Indies before flying to South Africa for a full tour.
Skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq has already warned the Board of player burn-out before the World Cup if proper rest was not provided to them. Pakistan are already committed to 75 days to cricket in the lead up to the World Cup.
"We will decide very soon about our trip to Abu Dhabi. At the moment, we are considering several issues and definitely players burnout is on top of the line. Nevertheless, we are also aware that more competitive games prior to the World Cup would help the selectors to widen their horizon and consequently select the best possible players for the West Indies trip," Altaf said.
Insiders said PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan was in favour of the Abu Dhabi tour while Altaf was opposing it. Altaf was also over-ruled on the Sri Lanka tour in March when Shaharyar agreed to send the team for three one-dayers and two Tests.
"Pakistan have said they will be arriving late from their England tour and then with the Ramadan it will be difficult for them to play in the proposed tournament," Bindra had said.
He said India and Australia were looking at the series as a build-up for the Champions Trophy but now they might oblige the West Indies to raise funds after they helped Asia win the 2011 World Cup bid.