India, Pakistan to resume cricket ties

India will host Pakistan for three One-Dayers and Twenty20 Internationals in December-January

Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq plays a shot off the bowling of India’s Yuvraj Singh
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Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq plays a shot off the bowling of India’s Yuvraj Singh during the WorldCup semi-final match in Mohali, India, on March 30, 2011. India won the World Cup.
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New Delhi India will host Pakistan for three One-Dayers and Twenty20 Internationals in December-January, reviving cricketing ties amongst the arch-rivals after a gap of five years.

The matches will be played in between England’s November-January series in India when the tourists return home for 15 days for the Christmas break, according to an agreement between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

“PCB have repeatedly asked us for the resumptions of ties and we have agreed to it. The public wants to see the the two countries playing against eaching other”Tweet this

Briefing the media after the Board’s working committee meeting here Monday, BCCI spokesman Rajiv Shukla said New Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai are the venues for the ODIs and Bangalore and Ahmedabad will host the T20 matches. 

“PCB have repeatedly asked us for the resumptions of ties and we have agreed to it. The public wants to see the the two countries playing against eaching other,” Shukla told reporters here.

The foreign secretaries of two countries had discussed the revival of cricketing ties at their meeting here earlier this month.
 Asked about the Indian government’s approval of the Pakistan tour, Shukla said he had already spoken to the concerned ministry officials on the matter.

No objections

“I have already spoken to Home Minister P. Chidambaram and he has no objections, and neither does the ministry of external affairs. Even after the Kargil War, and the 1965 and 1971 wars, Pakistani cricket teams toured India.”

The series will be played when England go back home for the Christmas break after playing four Tests and two T20 matches in November-December and before they return for the five-match one-day series in January. 

The two neighbouring countries last played in 2007-8 when Pakistan toured India. India were to play in Pakistan in 2009 but the tour was cancelled in the wake of the Mumbai terror attack in 2008.

Bus attack

No international team has toured Pakistan after the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009.

“It was decided to resume cricketing ties with Pakistan by inviting the Pakistan cricket team for a short series in December 2012-January 2013. The modalities will be worked out shortly,” said BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale in a statement.

Reacting to the BCCI’s announcement, PCB chief Zaka Ashraf told the Pakistani media that it was a welcome step. 

“I am glad this has come through,” Ashraf said.
“Negotiations were on for quite sometime and both the boards worked hard to make it happen. It is certainly a good news even from the business point of view.

Fruitful chat

“I had a fruitful chat with BCCI president N. Srinivasan and as we both come from a corporate background, we clearly understand the commercial aspects of an Indo-Pak series,” he said.

Ashraf said the first step towards resuming the ties was inviting Pakistan T20 Champions Sialkot Stallions for the Champions League.

“Stallions were invited. That was the first step. Now this is a further development,” said the PCB chief.

Talking about the financial aspect, Shukla made it clear that the host board BCCI won’t be sharing the series’ revenue with PCB.

Contrasting reactions

The announcement drew contrasting reactions from the cricket fraternity of India and Pakistan.

While Pakistan’s Zaheer Abbas and Aamir Sohail expressed happiness on the news while India Sunil Gavaskar questioned the timing of the series. 
My first reaction is that the time the free time players would have had between the England series, it is not going to be there anymore,” Gavaskar told NDTV.

“They are playing a strong side like England in November-December and now they are not going to get a breather between the Test and one-day matches. Players need the time to look after their injuries and get better,” he added.



    Jul 17, 2012 1:15


  • Thomas

    Jul 17, 2012 12:08

    Sport is no more a sport, its all about betting and scandals. The sportman ship is no more seen in any game. It really hurts the genuine sportsperson. To participate in a game is to throughing the challenge and accepting the result. More over the living & security is quite good now a days and for some betting sport we have to spare our lives. Its not blame any country, the culprits are all around the worl who dont want anyone to live peacefully. May the venue be a neutral venue for all the cricket matches here after, be it with any country. That gives the really sport spirit, not making money with the sport.

  • R.Vasudevan

    Jul 17, 2012 11:05

    There is already too much cricket all over the place, so there is not much to look forward to another Indian cricket series. The so called rivalry has lost its charm, because of so many scandals going on with cricket players from both countries. The other more serious aspect is the concern for security and safety of the public. Arrested terrorists have confessed having slipped into India under the guise of cricket fans. Cricket matches between India and Pak opens the door for visitors, not all of whom are genuine visitors. The Mumbai 2008 bloodshed is not forgotten by the millions of Indians. While Pakistan cricket team by itself can be admired for their skills, it is not advisable to have any seires in either country. Best for them to continue on neutral venues like UAE where is there no worry about safety. It is very much on the cards that there will be huge protests in all parts of India against this proposal.

  • Wasiq Mahmood

    Jul 17, 2012 10:57

    It's really too late. People lose their intention after long gap. I can remember people left their work or finished it before starting the game and were awiting on TV screen to watch the full game. They never missed a single over even a ball. But now a days I never see the feelings for India-Pakistan match. Another reason to lose the feelings is cricket betting. When it circulated widely specially against Pakistani cricketer people don't agree to be supporters for the drama.

  • wasi

    Jul 17, 2012 10:10

    people dont realise but this series is twice as big as the ashes, compare the tv figures and the crowd,you could fill a 200,000 stadium with ease, There is no series in the world that would compare to this, FACT!!!!!Finally time has come to visit india because of this series....