Drought for Pakistan cricket is over: PCB

     The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has expressed hope that the drought of international tournaments for the national squad would soon be over with several foreign tours and multi nation events scheduled for the next few months. "The dry spell is finally over and that's a good sign for our cricket," PCB's Chief Operating Office (COO) Wasim Bari said, adding, "A lot of positive developments are taking place. I must say that things are improving for Pakistan cricket." After virtually spending the last six months in hibernation, Pakistan has a packed cricket calendar in the forthcoming ten months. Starting from the elite eight-nation ICC Champions Trophy beginning September 22, Pakistan would be touring three continents for a number of Test, one-day and twenty20 matches. Pakistan is scheduled to 'host' New Zealand for four One-day Internationals and two Twenty20 matches in Abu Dhabi and Dubai next month. It will then fly to New Zealand to participate in a three match 'home' Test series against the Black Caps in November-December. Then follows the tough tour of Australia, where they would be playing three Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20 game. Later, in 2010, Pakistan would be seen defending their ICC World T20 Champions title in the Carribeans. Bari also expressed hope that international cricket would soon return to Pakistan and claimed that the security scenario was getting better in the country with time. "Our players will get plenty of cricket in the coming months. It's now time that they prove their worth. The security situation (in Pakistan) is getting better every day which is why I'm hopeful for an early return of international cricket here," The News quoted Bari, as saying.

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