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    PCB chief Ashraf meets with ICC, BCB

    PCB chief, Zaka Ashraf met with officials of ICC and the Bangladesh Cricket Board in Dubai.

    Lahore: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief, Zaka Ashraf has spent the last couple of days in Dubai trying to convince the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Bangladesh cricket Board (BCB) to support the restoration of international cricket in his country.

    During the course of his talks with BCB chief, Mustafa Kamal, Ashraf has also proposed that Pakistan play its league matches of a planned tri-nation tournament to be hosted by the Bangladesh board in Pakistan.

    "The tournament will involve Pakistan and Sri Lanka besides the hosts and the idea is that Pakistan should be allowed to play at least two of its league matches in Pakistan against the two other teams," one source said.

    Ashraf also said that he had asked his Bangladeshi counterpart to send the Bangladesh team to Pakistan next year for their future tour programme series.

    Kamal told reporters that the Bangladesh board was not in a position to take a decision on sending their team to Pakistan and this can only be possible after the ICC gives its security clearance for the tour.

    Ashraf said he had assured the ICC and the Bangladesh board that Pakistan would have foolproof security for the Bangladesh team and all security measures would be put in place with consultation of ICC experts and advisors.

    "We will have bullet proof vehicles for the teams and the routes on which the teams travel between their hotel and ground would be sealed off when they are passing through it," he said.

    Ashraf, who took over as PCB chief from Ijaz Butt last month, said he had emphasized on the need for international teams to start touring Pakistan during his meetings with the ICC and Bangladesh board officials.