New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday invited a Pakistan team to participate in the Champions League Twenty20 tournament, scheduled to take place in September this year.
This will be the first time since 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai that a Pakistani team has been invited to play in India. BCCI chief N Srinivasan confirmed that an invitation has been sent to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). "The Working Committee has decided to invite a team from Pakistan to play in Champions League Twenty20 to be held in October," Srinivasan told reporters after a meeting in Chennai.
The decision means that Pakistan's T20 champions Sialkot Stallions led by Shoaib Malik would be Pakistan's representatives in the October event. "This is a recommendation that the BCCI will make to Governing Council. CLT20 is owned by BCCI, Cricket Australia, and Cricket South Africa. So we will recommend to the GC that the BCCI has no objection and is prepared to invite a Pakistan team in the Champions League. CLT20 will be played in India. As fat as inviting a Pakistani team is concerned, it will be done by the Governing Council which will meet on May 28. The BCCI will make the recommendation to the Governing Council which will decide on the matter," Srinivasan added.
Although the two nations have faced each other at neutral venues, they haven’t played in each other’s territory. The cricket boards of the two countries have showed their interest in resuming the cricketing ties, but it wasn’t possible because of reluctance of the Indian government.