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PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan extends invitation to BCCI officials

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KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Shaharyar Khan invited top officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and government functionaries to watch live one of the matches between Zimbabwe and Pakistan in Lahore.

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Sources in the PCB said Shaharyar, who met a key official of the ruling BJP and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur in New Delhi yesterday, extended the invitations aiming at improving relations between the two boards and construct the bridge for revival of Indo-Pak series later this year.

Earlier, Indian government on Wednesday endorse the resumption of cricket ties with Pakistan. Although no final decision on the series yet the government has reportedly said that they have no issues with the series comprising of two Tests, five ODIs and two T20s.

One of the PCB officials said ‘We are hopeful that Arun Jaitley or Anurag Thakur will come to Lahore as our special guests for one of the limited-overs matches against Zimbabwe in Lahore later this month.’

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Zimbabwe cricket team is scheduled to touring Pakistan from May 19 to play three ODIs and two T20 matches in one and same venue due to security reasons. Shaharyar has been paying visits to India since the weekend to meet with major BCCI officials and top government functionaries in a bid to drum up support for the Indo-Pak series to be held in December.

The PCB sources also said that the chairman also put forth his apprehensions regarding Pakistani players not being able to take part in the money-spinning Indian Premier League.

According to the sources, Dalmiya has assured that he will look into the matter and it would also be talked about at the next working committee meeting of the Indian board.

PCB along with Pakistani government have been striving to conduct talks with Indian officials to take initiatives for the revival of cricket ties between the two nations. Last time Pakistan toured Indian in 2011.

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