Lahore: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Zaka Ashraf, has said that there is a great possibility of Pakistan touring India for a one-off match this year in a bid to normalise the bilateral ties between the two countries.
Ashraf, who returned to Lahore after a week-long visit to India, said he wanted to develop a kind of relationship with the BCCI so that, in future, instead of playing their matches at neutral venues, Pakistan could tour India. "We want to establish exemplary relations with the Indian board," Ashraf told the Express newspaper.
Ashraf, who held meetings with the BCCI officials during his visit to India, said due to the hectic international calendar of both the teams it didn't seem possible to have a full bilateral series this year. "Hopefully within this month we could be in a position to announce the date for a one-off bilateral match that Pakistan will go and play in India," he said.
The PCB has been striving to convince the BCCI to restore bilateral cricketing ties that were discontinued after the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. Recently, the BCCI gave indications of breaking the deadlock when it announced that Pakistan's national T20 champions, Sialkot Stallions, would be invited to play in this year's Champions League Twenty20 tournament.
The BCCI had also invited Ashraf and PCB’s chief operating officer, Subhan Ahmed, to visit India for the IPL final. "It is not possible to have a full series this year but we definitely want things to move forward so we will go and play a one-off game in India this year. In this connection we have had successful talks with the BCCI officials. I feel even one match would be enough to convey the message that we have revived and normalised bilateral cricket ties," said Ashraf.
The PCB chief said the date of the proposed match is expected to be finalised during the ICC meeting in Kuala Lumpur and described his meetings with the BCCI officials and politicians as very positive.