Lahore, May 21: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has invited the chief of Pakistan Cricket Board, Zaka Ashraf to watch the final of the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League scheduled to be played on May 27 at Chennai.
Ashraf has also confirmed that he received an invite from BCCI a couple of days ago.
"I see the invitation as another positive step forward in further normalising bilateral cricket ties between the two countries," Ashraf said.
"The invitation will allow me to undertake a two-day visit to India and I plan to use this visit to have informal discussions with the Indian board officials regarding enhancing chances of restoring bilateral cricket ties."
The invitation came after BCCI announced it had no objection regarding the participation of Pakistan's T20 title winners Sialkot Stallions in Champions Trophy T20 Tournament, scheduled to be played later this year, as PCB was happy with the initiative.
"We want to play India regularly in bilateral matches and we are willing to talk to them at every level to achieve this," Ashraf said.
"I will be speaking to them on this when I go to India," he said.
The Pakistan Cricket Board was insisting on their team's inclusion in CLT20 as it was the only Test playing nation that was not a part of CLT20 since its inception in 2008.
Though Sialkot was invited for the inaugural edition of CLT20, it was put off following the terror attacks in Mumbai in November 2008 which subsequently strained political relations between the two countries as bilateral ties suffered the most except the inclusion of former Pakistan cricketer Azhar Mahmood, now a British national who has been allowed to play the fifth edition of IPL after a hiatus.