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Pakistan's new cricket chief Najam Sethi is urging patience but wants international tours to resume

Pakistan's new cricket chief Najam Sethi is urging patience but wants international tours to resume

The Asian Cricket Council today made a decision to shift the U-19 Asia Cup tournament from Bengaluru to the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) refused to send its team to India.

"The centrally contracted players were given permission to participate in the CPL and English county season subject to recall if the World XI series took place in mid-September", the PCB said in a statement. It is worth mentioning that NA-120 by-election after judicial ouster of ex-PM Nawaz Sharif has resulted into rescheduling of World XI visit which still awaits final clearance.

The Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA) is waiting for a response from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on details of proposed security arrangements for the World XI tour next month.

Miandad also pitched ideas to improve the state of cricket in the country, suggesting that the board should hire former cricketers as presidents of various cricket bodies in Pakistan.

The tournament will feature eight teams, with four - Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka - qualifying automatically.

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has recalled all its cricketers now involved in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), as well as the County Championship in England, as it gears up to organise a home series between the national side and an ICC World XI in mid-September.

Pakistan cricketers, now involved in Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2017 and English domestic season, have been asked to cut short their participation in the wake of late finalisation and rescheduling of the upcoming ICC World XI series.

"The series has been brought forward to mid-September because the Punjab government wants it to be held before the NA120 election on September 17".

The players have been asked to report for a pre-series fitness testing and training camp, as planned by the national team management and for the national T20 tournament that starts in Multan on August 25.

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