As part of an out-of-court settlement with the ICC on the 2011 World Cup hosting dispute, Pakistan is looking at the possibility of playing a Test and ODI series against India in England next year.
Well-placed sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board told PTI that ICC President David Morgan, during his talks with PCB chairman Ejaz Butt, had assured that he would try to convince the BCCI to play a series in England.
“Morgan has made no promises but has assured Pakistan he would use his good offices to try to organise such a series next year,” a source said. India have suspended bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan since last November’s the Mumbai terror attacks.
“The proposal is for three Tests, three ODIs and a couple of Twenty20 matches,” the source said. He said Morgan had assured Pakistan he would try to do everything to help them overcome the financial loss caused due to the sifting of the World Cup matches from here due to security reasons.
Pakistan is due to play Australia next year in England apart from a separate series against Andrew Strauss’ men. “If India agrees the series could be squeezed in at a time when both teams are free of international commitments,” the source said.
The source said Butt told Morgan that the PCB would lose nearly USD 70 million from television rights deal with Dubai-based Ten Sports network if India didn’t play a bilateral series in Pakistan.
“When the television rights were sold India was slated to tour Pakistan at least once and maybe twice for Tests and ODIs. And the network has estimated that earnings from those two series alone could be around USD 70 million such is the pull of Indo-Pak cricket,” the source said.