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BCCI has signed agreement to play five series with Pakistan: PCB chief

Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Najam Sethi said that it has signed an agreement with the BCCI to play three 'home' and two away bilateral series in the next cycle of Future Tours Programme.

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Najam Sethi
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Najam Sethi

Sethi said Pakistan had agreed to conditionally support the governance and financial overhaul in the ICC after the BCCI entered into an agreement with the PCB on playing five bilateral series in the next FTP cycle. “I don’t want to go into the details or make premature statements but India has signed agreements with all Boards, including Pakistan.
“We are looking at three ‘home’ and two away bilateral series with India in the next cycle of FTP under this agreement,” Sethi told a television channel.

He said the ‘home’ series meant that Pakistan may now host India even at a neutral venue which could be UAE or some other country. “In the past, the Indian Board was not even willing to enter into any such agreement with us nor ready to play us at neutral venues but now we have got both things.

“And when the series approaches and Memorandum of Understanding is signed, then more details will be worked out between both Boards which will be beneficial to Pakistan cricket,” he said.

Sethi, however, said that nobody could give an absolute guarantee that an Indo-Pak series will take place at designated times given the nature of political relations between the two countries.

“At the end of the day, the political climate in both countries and existing relations decide the fate of a series,” he stated.

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