CA invites Ashraf to discuss dates to reschedule postponed tour

Melbourne, Mar 18 (UNI) CA has invited PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf Down Under to discuss possible dates to reschedule Australia's postponed tour of Pakistan which was scheduled for March-April this year.

Australia postponed their scheduled tour due to security concern.

CA chairman Creagh O'Connor who is here for ICC's board meeting said, ''Dr Ashraf and I have taken the opportunity to catch up during the current International Cricket Council board meeting in Dubai and we have had a preliminary look at dates which might be suitable to reschedule the matches.'' ''I have assured the PCB that Australia is committed to finding new dates, and we are committed to the ICC principle that cricket will only develop as a genuine global sport if all nations play each other away and at home on a regular basis.

''It is clear from our initial discussion here in Dubai that we need to sit down and go through the technical issues on finding new dates with a fine tooth comb.

''To that end, I have suggested we meet in Melbourne as soon as possible and we will organise dates once the current ICC meetings are finalised.'' O'Conor said the security departments which adviced CA not to go ahead with the Pakistan tour could also hold a few meetings with Ashraf.

''Dr Ashraf is also hoping to meet with security advisors and DFAT so as to gain a better understanding of CA's security concerns.'' UNI XC RAR CS DS1403

Story first published: Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 14:35 [IST]
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