Resumption of Indo-Pak cricketing ties 'great news' for both countries: PCB chief

Lahore, Nov. 2 (ANI): Referring to the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) announcement of the Pak-India cricketing schedule, which will see the resumption of their bilateral cricket ties, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf has said it is "great news" for both the countries.

"This is a great news for the people of both Pakistan and India. You can't just clap with one hand. Both countries need each other and that strengthens the relationship. The series will be a big breakthrough and a revival of our cricketing relationship with India," the Daily Times quoted Ashraf, as saying.

The first Twenty20 international match will be held in Bangalore on December 25. The two teams will play a second T20 match in Ahmedabad before taking part in three one-day internationals in Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi.

Bilateral cricket between the neighbours were suspended after the 2008 Mumbai attacks in which 166 people were killed. India blames Pakistan-based militants for the incident.

The last series between the two sides was Pakistan's tour of India in 2007 although Pakistan travelled to India to play the 50 overs World Cup semifinal in Mohali last year.



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