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PCB delays tri-series decision
Karachi, Sept 4 (Agencies):
Published on 4 Sep. 2008 11:29 PM IST
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The Pakistan Cricket Board have deferred a decision on the proposed triangular series in South Africa until September 13. The PCB had mooted a triangular tournament also involving Sri Lanka in compensation for the postponement of the Champions Trophy but those plans have been hit as Cricket South Africa have not been able to rope in either sponsors and broadcasters for the tournament. Sri Lanka too are yet to confirm participation and have reportedly demanded a $1 million appearance fee, a sum which the PCB, already struggling with financial losses, are unable to play. “Nothing is finalised yet,” Syed Ali Raza, head of the International Cricket Committee of the PCB told reporters following a meeting with PCB officials. “We have several options and will weigh all pros and cons before making a final decision on September 13.” The PCB’s chief operating officer said one option is to play a bilateral Twenty20 competition with South Africa. Pakistan have not played a Test at home this year and Raza said it was imperative that the players get some international cricket. “We have a lot of postponements this year,” he said. “Australia postponed their tour and efforts to arrange some other series also fell through. “We are desperately trying to arrange some cricket for our team and hopefully we will manage to get some.”

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