“Whenever that series comes under discussion, the first choice is going to be Pakistan.” -File photo

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has strongly rejected reports that it was considering the possibility of hosting India in England for the reciprocal series between the two sides.

I want to make it crystal clear that the PCB hasn’t even thought about the reciprocal series against India so there is no truth in any reports on this issue,” PCB’s media manager Nadeem Sarwar said.

“Whenever that series comes under discussion, the first choice is going to be Pakistan,” Sarwar added.

But the reluctance of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to send a team across the border may mean that Pakistani fans may have to travel to England to see their team host India, after other venues did not find favour with the Indian board.

Pakistan and India are tentatively scheduled to take on each other in India first during a small window in December when the visiting English team will return home for a Christmas and New Year break.

But while the Indian board seems to be well on course to get everything right in time for the series, the PCB may once again be left scurrying for venues as it did with its upcoming series against Australia.

It has emerged that India is unwilling to play Pakistan in UAE, the teams temporary home, as it may ‘attract unwelcome attention’ of the illegal betting industry.

The possibility, although very unlikely, of the series being hosted in India has even come up, with the venues being leased to the Pakistani board.

But as things stand it seems the three ODIs and two T20s will most likely find a host in England where logistics will not be an issue.

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Comments (9)

Nadeem Mirza
July 22, 2012 12:36 pm
I beleive big majority of Indian fans like to see both teams playing. However, there are few extremists and few naive people who are spoil sports.
July 22, 2012 10:03 am
First Choice but for whom? For Pakistan the first choice is clearly Pakistan. But alas no one will tour paksitan for another few years.
July 22, 2012 12:16 pm
Our cricket establishment , like our political leaders, lives in a fantasy world of their ow,. A world in which, no one else is intelligent but them, a world in which every one is there to do their bidding. They have no self respect and keep on grovelling in front of the cricketing world to have their national cricket team visit Pakistan. They keep on facing the humiliation of one rejection after another yet they keep on grovelling. In this day and age when our daily newspapers are full of cases of constant bombings, target killings and extreme lawlessness, at a time when even the overseas Pakistan are scared to visit Pakistan, which national cricket team would in their right mind be willing to visit Pakistan. Our dear neighbor Sri Lanka did, and see what happened to them. There should never be a replication of that kind of disaster. So I pray that our cricket administrators grow up , come out of their fairy tale land and stop insisting that other teams visit Pakistan at this time. It is not the end of the world if no other national cricket team visits us. S. Africa had cricket isolation for decades, albeit for a different reason, yet they have come out of it very very strongly
July 21, 2012 5:39 pm
it would be good to give a great scare to indian cricketeers when they come over to pakistan, that way we will win the series,
July 21, 2012 1:20 pm
Reports in the press suggest that majority of the fans of India do not wish that Pakistan should visit India . Cricket matches ate for the fans to enjoy. When there is so much hatred, why Pakistan should go to India?
Nadeem Mirza
July 22, 2012 12:39 pm
Pakistan should continue playing where ever they can till the situation at home and on borders (especially western border) improves.
July 22, 2012 4:55 am
Terrorism and cricket hand-in-hand is not acceptable from Pakistan. As an Indian, I request India government not give visas to pakistani cricketers, actors, musicians, etc. etc. We should not allow Pakistanis to make money from India.
July 22, 2012 6:25 am
Dont worry, The series will be postponden.
Vaseem Siddiqi
July 23, 2012 7:46 am
It will be GREAT if test series, ODIs and T"0s between INDIA & PAKISTAN can be held in UK. There are enough Indians and Pakistanis residing in UK and the matches will be completely sold out. There will also be interest from non Indians and Pakistanis. Therefore not only will the matches be popular with the cricket fans but it will also be financially viable and profitable.
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