The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials on Monday said they had asked Pakistan for a series coming this year, in a further mark of improving relations between the neighbors. If accepted by the two governments, the series would comprise three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 games in December-January.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) quickly welcomed the first future cricket series with Indiain five years, saying lots of followers would be pleased. PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf told television channels that Pakistan was still waiting for a official invitation for the series, but said “it looks it will confidently be held later this year”.
“It was decided to continue cricketing relations with Pakistan by welcoming the Pakistan cricket team for a short series in December 2012-January 2013,” the BCCI said in a statement. The ODI matches will be played in Chennai, Kolkata and New Delhi and the Twenty20 games in Bangalore and Ahmedabad, BCCI spokesman Rajiv Shukla told reporters in New Delhi.
The Indian and Pakistani cricket teams have not played a mutual series since Pakistan’s tour of India in 2007 after cricket ties were broke after the 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai, which were carried out by activists from Pakistan. They have only met in multi-nation tournaments since 2007.
The BCCI in May had asked a Pakistani team to take part in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament, which the Indian board owns with the boards of Australia and South Africa.