Thursday, September 4, 2008

Tri-Series Cricket after Champions Trophy postpone not finalized !

Negotiations are still underway for a tri-series tournament in South Africa, involving Pakistan and potentially Sri Lanka, as Pakistan continues to find ways to fill a depleted international calendar.

Though talk of the series has been rife since the Champions Trophy - originally scheduled to be held in Pakistan from September 12 - was finally postponed at the end of last month, progress in bringing it about has been slow.

The PCB's international cricket committee met today to review the situation arising from the postponement and discussed several options for Pakistan. Time, though, is against Pakistan as realistically, most teams have international commitments from October 1 and any commitment has to be arranged before then. The committee discussed the South Africa tri-series proposal as well as alternatives within and outside Pakistan.

"They [Cricket South Africa] are still looking at various commercial options and opportunities for the series," Shafqat Naghmi, chief operating officer, told Cricinfo. "The situation will be clearer once the commercial viability of the proposal is assessed."

It is believed that the PCB, eager for the series to go ahead, has offered to help CSA in trying to attract a broadcaster as well as sponsors. As of now, however, no dates are confirmed and neither is the availability of Sri Lanka just yet.

Australia tour of India - Schedules

1st Test v India at Bangalore - Oct 9-13, 2008 (09:30 local, 04:00 GMT)

2nd Test v India at Mohali - Oct 17-21, 2008 (09:30 local, 04:00 GMT)

3rd Test v India at Delhi - Oct 29-Nov 2, 2008 (09:30 local, 04:00 GMT)

4th Test v India at Nagpur - Nov 6-10, 2008 (09:30 local, 04:00 GMT)