Twenty20 clash for India-Pak?
Pakistan and India are planning to play a Twenty20 charity match to raise funds for earthquake victims in northern Pakistan.india Updated: Jan 08, 2006 14:43 IST
Pakistan and India are planning to play a Twenty20 charity match to raise funds for earthquake victims in northern Pakistan.
Pakistan's cricket board chairman Shaharyar Khan told that he would be holding discussions with his counterpart Sharad Pawar to finalise a date for the match.
"Sharad Pawar is due in Pakistan next week. The Indians have conveyed their keeness to play their part in raising funds for the quake victims.
"So either we play a Twenty20 match in the current series or we will again dedicate the proceeds of a scheduled one-dayer for the people affected by the quake," Khan said.
India, who started their tour of Pakistan this week, are scheduled to play three tests and five one-day internationals.
The earthquake which struck northern Pakistan on Oct 8 has left over 73,000 dead and some three million homeless.
The Pakistan board had also dedicated gate money earnings from a recent one-day international against England for the quake victims.
Khan also confirmed that both the Pakistan and India boards had reached a landmark agreement to play a bilateral cricket series only once every two years on the lines of the Ashes.
"We have taken this decision and will now be presenting it at the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in Karachi on the the 12th for ratification," he added.
"We don't see the ICC having any problems with accommodating this new schedule of Indo-Pak series in the future tours programme."
Khan said both boards agreed that Pakistan and India should avoid playing too much cricket against each other.
The two countries are currently playing their third bilateral series since April 2004.