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India agrees to resume Pak cricket ties

April 13, 2011 19:19 IST

As a follow-up to the talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani, India has decided in principle to resume bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan.

Government sources said the time of the visit, the venues of the matches and other logistical issues would be decided by the cricket boards of the two countries.

Sources said if everything goes according to plan, the Indian cricket team will visit Pakistan first.

However, there is no slot available for Indian cricket team to visit Pakistan in the immediate future.

According to the Future Tour Schedule, prepared by the International Cricket Council, Pakistan should visit India for a three-Test and five One-Day International series in March 2012.

When contacted, Board of Control for Cricket in India vice-president Rajiv Shukla and Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty said they are not aware of any decision to resume bilateral cricketing ties.

Before the World Cup semi-final at Mohali on March 30, India last played against Pakistan in an Asia Cup match in June 2010, at Dambula in Sri Lanka.

The last bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan was in 2007-2008, when the Pakistani team visited India.

No international cricket team has visited Pakistan after the terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team on March 3, 2009, when left six members of the visiting team injured.

Six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed in the incident.

The security situation in Pakistan continues to be a source of serious concern for international cricketers. Plans to launch a premier league and invite Sri Lanka to play a series later this year have been put on hold.

Officials in the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed that other boards had in recent meetings in Sri Lanka made it clear that their players are reluctant to travel to the crisis-torn country for the Pakistan Premier League (PPL) Twenty20 competition because of security fears.

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