Karachi: Chairman Najam Sethi said that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has signed an agreement with the BCCI to play three ‘home’ and two away bilateral series in the next cycle of Future Tours Programme.
Sethi said that 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 have 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, on Tuesday.
He said the ‘home’ series meant Pakistan might now host India even at a neutral venue, which could be UAE or some other country. Sethi, however, added that nobody could give an absolute guarantee about an Indo-Pak series taking place at designated times given the political relations between the two countries.
Meanwhile, Moin Khan, the chief selector, said that unless players raised their fitness standards and worked on mental strength, they would not be able to compete internationally and win big matches. The former captain, who is also the manager of the national team, told a news conference that while the Pakistani players were talented, they needed to focus on improving their fitness and mental strength.
The selectors announced a list of 36 players who will form the nucleus of the squad for events leading up to the World Cup. Notable omissions were the experienced Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik while openers — Yasir Hameed, Imran Farhat and Taufiq Umar were recalled along with fast bowler Mohammed Sami.
“These probables now have to meet standard fitness levels, which we will set. If they don’t, they could be fined and dropped from the side,” national selector Mohammed Akram said. (PTI)