Bari vows to 'break the ice' for Pak cricket in next six months

     The newly appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Wasim Bari has vowed to bring back international cricket to Pakistan as soon as possible. "What we need is to break the ice. Pakistan desperately wants to stage international games and we will work on several options to ensure that it happens sooner than later," Bari said. Bari, who replaced Saleem Altaf, said the PCB is working on a proposal to host a Twenty20 match involving international players from different teams. He said the board is also planning to host couple of T20 matches involving a leading international team. "There is this proposal of inviting a team like Sri Lanka for a couple of Twenty20 matches in Karachi," The News quoted Bari, as saying. He expressed hope that Pakistan could host an international event in the next six months, which would thus pave way for more international events. "It's certainly possible to have one or two international matches in Pakistan within the next six months. Once that happens, I'm sure things will return to normal for Pakistan cricket," Bari said. He added that hosting a full-fledged Test and one-day series against India on a neutral venue would be a top priority for him. "It's very important for our cricket to have regular matches against India," he said.

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