DateLine: 19th June 2007
Media Release - 19 June 2007
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today announced the schedule for all international cricket of Pakistan Team, Pakistan ‘A’ Team and Under-19 Team tours both home and away confirmed for next twelve month.
Announcing the schedule, Director Cricket Operations PCB Mr Zakir Khan said that the release of the program with almost everything firmed up, is going to stand all involved in good stead, especially the selectors and cricketers.
Mr Khan said that the next home season is of exceptional importance to the Pakistan team, the Board and of course the millions of cricket fans in the country. Pakistan hosts two frontline teams South Africa for 2 Tests and 5 ODIs in October 2007, and Australia for 3 Tests and 5 ODIs in March-April 2008, Zimbabwe will play 5 ODI series in January/February 2008. And a continental showpiece, the Asia Cup will be played in April-May in Pakistan.
In between Pakistan will travel to India to play against their Arch Rivals for 3 Tests and 5 ODIs.
A Tri-Nation series involving India, Bangladesh and Pakistan will be played in Bangladesh during May 2008.
Mr Khan hoped that the Pakistan Cricket squad that is in the rebuilding phase would give a good account of itself and improve its ranking.
Another important point to be noted is the emphasis on enhancing the bench strength by providing maximum quality exposure to ‘A’ and junior teams with five tours and the junior World Cup early next year, said Zakir.
Director Cricket Operations also said that the focus is on the Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia in February-March 2008. Pakistan is the reigning Under-19 World Cup Champion and would be contesting to retain its top position for the third time running.
He added that Pakistan Under-19 goes to England while Australia ‘A’ Team travels to Pakistan. The PCB expects that Pakistan cricket would be able to raise its profile at all levels - especially the junior sides that have talent which needs grooming and exposure to high caliber cricket so that they are good enough to represent the country in the years to come.
Following is the schedule of International Cricket.
(Article: Copyright © 2007 Pakistan Cricket Board)
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