Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is trying its best to convince Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for a short One-Day series this year in Pakistan or at a neutral venue.

In an effort to revive the Indo-Pak bilateral cricket ties, the PCB Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmed said modalities of the short series would hopefully be worked out in a meeting with BCCI officials in June.

However, he admitted that due to the tight international schedule of the Indian team, it would be quite a task to squeeze out a week or a 10-day period for the series.

"It is not possible to play a full Test series this year that is obvious to us. But we are definitely keen on at least having a three match or five match series sometime this year in Pakistan or at a neutral venue to kick off the revival process," he said.

Immediately after the ongoing IPL, India is scheduled to tour the West Indies for four Tests and five ODIs, followed by a long tour of England in July-August.

Pakistan is due to tour India in March-April 2012 for a full Test series under the ICC's Future Tours Program but the PCB is keen to have the bilateral series before that.

Cricket experts, however, were skeptical if the Indian players would be willing to take the risk of touring Pakistan. No international team has travelled to strife-torn Pakistan after the attack on Sri Lankan players at Lahore in March 2009.

India suspended all direct cricket ties with Pakistan after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

Subhan said Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani has given clearance to the PCB to start the process of reviving bilateral cricket with India.

He recalled that during the World Cup semi-final match, when the Indian Premier met with the officials of the two Boards, Singh had stated that both countries should resume cricket ties.

"Our first priority is to convince the Indians to come to Pakistan for the short series but if that is not working out we have not ruled out the option of neutral venues," he said.

Subhan said security situation in Pakistan remained a major issue even for the PCB.

"We will formalise the comprehensive security plan also in consultation with the International Cricket Council task force on Pakistan and their security experts. The idea is to prepare an airtight security plan that should satisfy not only the Indian Board and players but also other foreign teams," Subhan added.

Subhan also said it was a wrong impression that Sri Lanka had refused to tour Pakistan later in the year for their full series.

"The factual position is that we have sent them a proposal to play some matches in Pakistan and we are awaiting their response," he added.

(Agencies)