Pakistan to tour India for ODI & T20 series in December 2012.posted under: India | All news
|In a move which has brought about mixed reactions from all over the country, India’s cricket chiefs have announced that they have invited neighbors Pakistan for a cricket series which is likely to happen in December and January. This move is aimed at improving the relationship between the two countries, which has been shaky for almost 5 years now and if the governments of both countries agree to the terms, the international teams will play 3 ODIs at stadiums spread across North India.
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In an official statement released by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the chiefs were quoted saying: “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.”
India and Pakistan have not played a series against each other since 2007, after cricket ties were broken following the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008, in which militants from Pakistan were held responsible. The matches in December this year, if they happen, will be held at stadiums in New Delhi, Mohali and Dharamshala between December 23rd and January 10th, according to reports. This means that the series will be sandwiched between tests and ODI series on England’s tour of India.
As soon as this news was out, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) almost immediately agreed on the proposed idea, with PCB’s Chairman Zaka Ashraf talking to media the same day. He said that Pakistan were yet to receive a formal invitation, but added that “it seems it will surely be held later this year.”
The only detail remaining now is the approval of the Indian foreign affairs and home ministry.
A report also states that the decision to resume cricket ties was made by the respective boards and not the government. “The issue of resuming cricketing ties came up in recent bilateral talks and it was left upon the boards to resolve it,” the source said.
“Once they have decided, then there would be the issue of internal security, which will be reviewed and decided by various agencies. The clearance by the ministry of external affairs will be done only after internal security issues are resolved.
“So far they (boards) have not even approached us.”
In another gesture which might be a positive signal, the BCCI invited Pakistan’s champion Twenty20 side, Sialkot Stallions, to take part in the inter-club Champions League Twenty20 tournament, which is owned by the cricket boards of India, Australia and South Africa. The tournament will be held in South Africa this October.
Since 2007, Pakistan and India have only met in international tournaments, most notably their ICC World Cup semi-final clash last year, which was attended by Prime Ministers of both countries. They also played in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in March, where India won both the matches. If this famous rivalry is revived, it has the potential to create everlasting memories, and there is no doubt that cricket fans from both countries will have their fingers crossed.
|Schedule : Pakistan tour of India, Dec 2012 & Jan 2013.|
|25 Dec 2012
||India v Pakistan, 1st T20 (N)
|27 Dec 2012
||India v Pakistan, 2nd T20 (N)
|30 Dec 2012
||India v Pakistan, 1st ODI (Day)
|3 Jan 2013
||India v Pakistan, 2nd ODI (Day)
|6 Jan 2012
||India v Pakistan, 3rd ODI (Day)