Thatscricket - News - Ind, Pak agree to resume cricketing ties
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad: India and Pakistan have agreed to start playing cricket against each other again, days after New Delhi issued a surprise offer of peace talks with its South Asian rival.Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Lieutentant General Tauqir Zia announced on Saturday that India had agreed to play a Test match in Pakistan from September 13-17 as part of the Asian Test Championships.India has also agreed to play in the Asia Cup in Pakistan in 2002, Zia said.The announcement came three days after Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee invited Pakistan's military ruler General Pervez Musharaff to New Delhi for talks on Kashmir and other issues that have strained relations between the South Asian neighbours.If the September Test match goes ahead, it will be the first Test the two countries have played since 1999, when Pakistan toured India despite threats from Hindu fundamentalists.Since then, cricketing relations have soured badly. India cancelled a scheduled tour of Pakistan in December and then pulled out of the Sharjah series in the Gulf.Two of the three Tests on that tour passed off peacefully but the third, at Calcutta, was marred by crowd violence. Both decisions were made on the orders of the Indian government, which accuses Pakistan of backing Muslim rebels in Kashmir.India has not played in Pakistan since a four-match tour in 1989-1990.