PCB hails India~~s decision to restore ties
Published: Thursday, October 23, 2003, 20:15 [IST]
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India set to play in Pak after 14 year hiatus
Karachi: Pakistan's Cricket Board (PCB) has welcomed an Indian government decision on Wednesday to restore cricketing ties between the rival South Asian neighbours which have been broken since 1999. "We welcome the decision," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Ramiz Raja said. "We think that public demand in India has prompted the government to take the decision." India's Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha announced an offer to resume all sporting ties with Pakistan at a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday at which he outlined 12 proposals for normalising relations between the neighbours. Pakistan's government has indicated it will respond positively to the offers. India has not played a Test series in Pakistan since 1989, but Pakistan toured India for three Tests in early 1999. India is scheduled to take part in three Tests and as many One-day Internationals during a month-long tour of Pakistan in February-March. Raja said Pakistan had always been "very positive and it was India who was refusing sporting links with us." The Indian government banned bilateral cricket matches with Pakistan after the 2000 Asia Cup due to political tensions over their dispute on the Himalayan state of Kashmir, but allowed the teams to play in multi-nation events like the World Cup.