India-Pakistan cricket matches from December: Pakistan envoy


351a2d429961acba7df6b1a2fd2708d0Kolkata (IANS): India and Pakistan are set to resume bilateral cricketing ties in December this year, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit said here Tuesday.

“Pakistan and Indian cricket teams, would be playing a bilateral series in December this year. We are working very hard on that, it will be happening after a long gap,” Basit said during an event here.

The announcement comes seven days after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shaharyar Khan March 10 met newly elected BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur as part of efforts to resume cricket matches between the two countries.

Basit said the venue country could either be India or the UAE.

“The modalities are being worked out, the venue could either be India or the UAE,” said Basit calling for both the countries to “aggressively pursue” sporting diplomacy.

The two neighbours, whose relations have often turned bitter, played their previous bilateral series in December-January 2012-13 when Pakistan toured India.

India and Pakistan boards have inked a binding agreement that provides for the two sides playing 12 Tests, 20 One Day Internationals and 11 twenty20 internationals during a six-year period. The opening engagement is slated to be played in December.

Rooting for an India-Pakistan semifinal at the World Cup, Basit called upon people to cheer for his country during its quarter final clash against the mighty Australians at Adelaide on Friday.

“I want see India and Pakistan play in semi-final so I urge you all to pray for Pakistan against Australia.

“So far as I am concerned I will be cheering for India and similarly the Pakistan High Commission in Bangladesh will be cheering for Bangladesh,” Basit said about team India’s quarter final against Bangladesh at Melbourne on Thursday.