Bangalore, May 30: Cricketing ties between arch rivals India and Pakistan may reach a new high after the possibility of a few limited-overs matches could be held this winter.
A series of endless meetings between the officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in Chennai, have found a empty spot between December 23 and January 10. The teams may play a few limited-overs matches, or a couple of ODIs and a Twenty20 match, according to a report in DNA.
The gap for the likely Indo-Pak series comes between the Twenty20 and ODI series between India and England. During this time, England will return home for a short Christmas-New Year break and will be back on January 3.
But India and England will not play until January 11 when the first ODI is scheduled. This gap could possibly feature a few games between India and Pakistan. Though Pakistan have an away series against Zimbabwe in January, the dates for the series can be adjusted.
"There's a distinct possibility that we could have a few matches in December-January," a BCCI official was quoted as saying in DNA. Subhan Ahmed, PCB CEO, who was also in Chennai, said: "The Indian team is very busy, but we’re trying to slot in a few matches late this year," the PCB official told reporters on arrival in Pakistan.
The bilateral ties have developed ever since the BCCI invited Sialkot Stallions, the Pakistan domestic T20 champions, to participate in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament this October. The restoration of bilateral ties is subject to clearance by the Indian government.
Pakistan's last tour of India was in December 2007, India were supposed to tour Pakistan in 2009 but the 26/11 attacks led to the fall of cricketing ties between the two nations. Both teams have played a few games but all of them have been either ICC or ACC tournaments.