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LAHORE - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf has said that Pakistan and Indian governments’ permission is imperative for the restoration of cricket ties between the two countries.

He expressed these views an exclusive interview with Nawai Waqat here on Monday. He said that associations between the two panels would have to be built on mutual basis as it could not be one-way traffic as far as Indo-Pak cricket relationships were concerned. Zaka looks forward for the positive attitude by the opposite boards for the better future outlook for the game of cricket.

PCB chairman said: “We want to play India and have bilateral ties. But I think from now on the relations will have to be based on reciprocity and exchanges. We want to go and play in India but they must also tour Pakistan.”

Zaka said Bangladesh security team was due in Pakistan to monitor the security to be provided to their team during Pakistan visit. A PCB delegation would proceed to Islamabad today (Wednesday) to meet Interior minister Rehman Malik to discuss security plan to be provided to the Bangladesh team, he added.

“It is a question of breaking the ice. Once Bangladesh sends their team, I am sure we can tell the rest of the cricketing world that conditions in Pakistan have changed and it is safe now to host international sporting events. I think we need one team to tour Pakistan to let everyone know that it is not the same situation as it was when Sri Lankan team had its incident in Lahore.”

He said the PCB wants good relationships with the all other boards and ensured them fool proof security for their teams visit to Pakistan.  He said we also expressed the significance of hosting the 2014 Asia Cup in Pakistan at the ACC conference held last year in Singapore. “We have informed the ACC that we want to host the Asia Cup and we have got a positive response. So we are hopeful we can get this tournament in Pakistan as well,” he said.

“I have written a letter to the Board of Cricket control in India (BCCI) chief regarding the series and received his reply inviting me to visit India. I want that first India send their team to Pakistan then I will visit India after the permission of the government,” he added.

Zaka claimed that the England and wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief Giles Clarke had also assured us of full support to compel other teams to tour Pakistan. “ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat has also assured that ICC want that international teams visit Pakistan to play cricket here,” he added.

While replying to a query regarding international stadium at Islamabad, he said: “The board had paid amount to Capital Development Authority (CDA) for the land purpose and as soon as we receive land will start construction work for the stadium.” He said that he was not satisfied with the construction work at Rawalpindi cricket stadium.

He said the committee had started work for the central contracts of players and there would be no sacking in the cricket board at the present moment while committee to finalise head coach was doing its job for the finalisation of coaches. He said that he had taken action against those who were not doing their duties honestly and in this regard issued show cause notices to some of the workers of the board.