Ready to bear cost of playing in India in future: Ashraf

Colombo: Starved of bilateral series against India, Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Zaka Ashraf today said the PCB is ready to bear the logistical cost of playing against the arch-rivals as well as other countries.

Indo-Pak bilateral cricket ties, which had been snapped after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, are set to be revived this December with a short ODI and Twenty20 series.

In an interview to PTI, Ashraf said the PCB was more than willing to bear the cost of organising more such series.

"I have always maintained that revival of bilateral series is a step forward in the right direction. My relationship with BCCI president N Srinivasan has been very cordial. I have told him that we are ready to play India anywhere in the world even in neutral venues," Ashraf said at an interaction at the Pakistan team hotel here today.

The Pakistan team has looked like a unit and Ashraf said that he has told the boys to remember three things that Muhammed Ali Jinnah had said.

"According to Quaid-E-Azam (that`s how Jinnah is referred in Pakistan), three things are necessary -- Unity, faith and discipline. I told the boys to remember that Mohammed Hafeez is your captain in the dressing room and on the field. He is your leader and everyone should listen to him."