Butt to meet Giles Clarke today

KARACHI: Pakistan''s cricket chief Ijaz Butt will hold an important meeting with his England Cricket Board (ECB) counterpart Giles Clarke in London today(Saturday).

Butt to meet Clarke, the ECB chief, who is also the chairman of an ICC task force that has been assigned to devise ways of helping Pakistan to maintain its international fixture schedule.

According to details, Butt and Clarke are expected to ink a deal over Pakistan''s ''home'' series against Australia scheduled to take place in England next summer.

Butt is also expected to finalise details of Pakistan''s Test series against England to be held there after the matches against Australia.

Pakistan will host Australia for two Tests and a couple of Twenty20 Internationals next July. The Tests were supposed to be held in Pakistan last year but were scrapped because of security apprehensions.

Apart from finalising Pakistan''s long summer in England next year, Butt will also share his ideas with the ECB chairman regarding the return of international cricket to Pakistan.

Earlier this summer, Clarke declared that the ECB will support Pakistan in their effort to revive international cricket in the country.