Pakistan to tour India in December: BCCI

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Updated: Monday, July 16, 2012, 18:10 [IST]
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Pakistan to tour India in December

Bangalore, Jul 16: Pakistan have been invited to India for a three-match One Day International series in December this year, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Monday. However, the series needs Indian government's approval.

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"The Working Committee of the BCCI met in Delhi earlier today. Several key issues were discussed. It was decided to resume cricketing ties with Pakistan by inviting the Pakistan cricket team for a short series in December 2012 - January 2013. The modalities will be worked out shortly," BCCI said in a media release on Monday.

Reports emerging later in the day, said it would be three ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals. Reports claimed that Chennai, Kolkata and New Delhi would host ODIs while Bangalore and Ahmedabad would be chosen for T20s.

If approved by the government, this will be the first bilateral series between the two teams for nearly five years. Ties between India and Pakistan have been on hold since the terrorist attacks on Mumbai in 2008.

Pakistan's last toured India for a bilateral series in 2007.

Pakistan's last match in India was in 2011 during the World Cup in Mohali. India won that game to progress to the final.

This short series could happen during the Christmas break when the visiting England team leaves for home.

England will be in India for four Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals. England will leave India on December 22 and return on January 3. During this break, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning to slot the series.


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Story first published:  Monday, July 16, 2012, 14:29 [IST]
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