LAHORE –Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf says Tuesday he is positive about reviving frozen cricket ties with India following President Asif Ali Zardari’s weekend trip to New Delhi.

Talking to the reporters after the annual general meeting (AGM), Zaka said: “Pakistan team went India several times and the players also visited India individually. Now it’s their turn to come to Pakistan and if they want Pakistan to tour their country first then they should announce a plan for it.”

He said that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during lunch with Zardari on Sunday had said he would consider reviving the most hotly-contested cricket ties between arch-rivals.

"We are quite positive about the revival of cricketing ties with India after our president took the initiative. It was a good move to invite the Indian premier to Pakistan and I am sure that it will help in moving forward."

The PCB chief said that cricket relations between Pakistan and Bangladesh would be reconsidered if the tigers decided not to tour Pakistan for an upcoming series. “We will have to reconsider our cricketing relations if they don’t come to play either two one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match or three ODIs later this month or in early May,” he said and added: “It will be decided before the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) meeting whether Bangladesh will be touring Pakistan or not.”

Ashraf refused to name other nations that Pakistan has invited to tour the country, saying that there were those who did not want to see international cricket in the country and were trying to stop others as well.

Terming the former cricket legends ambassadors of the country, he said that the former cricket legends were a great asset of the country and they should play their important role in promoting the sport.

He said that important matters regarding the board were discussed during the meeting while the former chairmen and cricket legends who gave some useful suggestions for the cricket boost.

He further said that he would try his best to boost the board finances this year. “The PCB faced budget deficit last year. But this year, we have planned well to cope with this matter and we will try our best to make this year financially good. We have also planned to hold Pakistan Premier League this year to boost our finance and it will provide ample opportunities to our players to exhibit their prowess,” he added.

Talking about Dav Whatmore, Zaka said that the new head coach was very experienced and qualified coach and he would try his best to bring the Pakistan team to the top level.