Nothing better than India-Pakistan series: Dhoni

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Published: Friday, June 1, 2012, 13:06 [IST]
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We are open to Indo-Pak series: Dhoni

Gurgaon, Jun 1: Team India skipper MS Dhoni on Thursday said that his side was open to playing against arch rivals Pakistan if the two cricket boards agreed upon a bilateral series in India.

PCB chief Zaka Ashraf, who was invited to watch the IPL final between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders, had productive meetings with the BCCI to revive cricketing ties between the two nations.

India have suspended bilateral cricketing ties with Pakistan after the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai. Dhoni said an India-Pakistan series at home would be the best thing.

"Pakistan if they come here and play us, nothing better than that. We are open for it. But according to schedule, I don't know where it will fit," said Dhoni on the sidelines of the inauguration of his chain of gyms, Sportsfit.

Dhoni also praised India's chess legend Vishwanathan Anand who on Wednesday won the world championship for the fifth time in Moscow.

"Anand is an inspiration for all sportsperson. I had a rare opportunity to meet him once and found he was extremely humble and down to earth. What he has done recently is simply incredible. And what he has been doing consistently is marvellous," said Dhoni.

Dhoni was surprised after hearing news of the retirement of England batsman and former captain Kevion Pietersen from limited-overs cricket.

"I am surprised with his decision. He has been a great cricketer in both the formats of the game. We have all enjoyed his batting and he had a great impact in this year's IPL as well. He will be sincerely missed in this year's World Twenty20. It is good that he will carry on playing in Test cricket and I wish him luck in his career," said Dhoni.

The India captain further said he wanted to make the best use of the one-and-half month break from international cricket.

"The break is very important for me. But there are lot of prior commitments. I have to do some work with the 'Territorial Army' and 'Save the Tiger' campaign. We have been playing without a break for the last four years and now hopefully I can spend some quality time with my family. I may even go for a vacation," he said.


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