Indo-Pak cricket ties may resume

A thaw in cricketing ties may see the countries play a series at the end of the year.

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MUMBAI:
The BCCI is set to revisit the issue of bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan with a possible series between the two arch rivals between September and December later this year. The emerging situation draws greatly from the Board’s recently-changed stance on India playing Pakistan at a neutral venue such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, after a meeting of the emergent working committee on Thursday, the BCCI issued a formal statement that it had "authorized the office bearers to discuss bilateral matches with other Full Members (including Pakistan) and sign formal FTP Agreements".

The decision results from a recent teleconference between the presidents of BCCI and PCB, N Srinivasan and Zaka Ashraf. Even though there was no room to accommodate a full series in the next 12 months, the two Boards decided to fit in a short series.

“There is no window till 2015 to accommodate a full-fledged series but we can squeeze in a short series if a proposal from the PCB comes through," said Sanjay Patel, BCCI secretary, in conversation with Mumbai Mirror.

India’s last bilateral series with Pakistan was in 2012-13 at home. A possible slot for the return series may be worked out between September and December this year.

"We welcome the BCCI decision. I've had a discussion with Srinivasan and we knew that the BCCI would take such a decision," Ashraf said.

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