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Sunday, September 20, 2009

PCB Chief Ijaz Butt: India Interested to Play in Neutral Venue

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt has said that Indian cricket board is interested to play against Pakistan in neutral venue. International Cricket Council (ICC) has brought a change in its FTP upon request from PCB because the remaining part of the existing FTP did not include any series between Pakistan and India. Ijaz Butt has accepted the changed FTP.

AFP reported:

"We have received a fresh draft of the FTP which is two blocks of four years each, from 2012 to 2016 and to 2020," said PCB chairman Ijaz Butt. "In it we have Tests, one-dayers and Twenty20 matches with India."

"It is natural that governments of both countries will have to approve any cricket series but there have been efforts to revive Indo-Pak cricket and India has shown interest in playing on neutral venues," said Butt.

Indian government did not allow its cricket team to tour Pakistan last January following the Mumbai terror attack. In reply, Pakistan government also put a bar on its players to play in Indian premier league. PCB is also trying to resolve the deadlock between the two governments in order to revive the India-Pakistan cricket relationship in the coming years.

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