New Delhi: Bilateral cricketing relations between India and Pakistan will resume in December with CNN-IBN learning that the BCCI has confirmed a three-ODI and two-Twenty20 series at home. The short visit will be Pakistan’s first to India since 2007 and has been created during the short span of time that the England cricket team goes home for Christmas after the Test series and before it returns for the ODI leg of its tour.
The three ODIs will be played at Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi while the two Twenty20 internationals will be played in Bangalore and Ahmedabad.
England, who are touring India from November to January, playing four Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s, go home on December 22 and return on January 3. However, the first ODI is not scheduled until January 11. Pakistan were also scheduled to tour Zimbabwe in January but it appears the PCB has adjusted that.
Relations between India and Pakistan broke down after the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai. Since then there have been no bilateral series between the two countries and the only three meetings have come in tri-series or ICC events. This has also led to Pakistan being the only major Test nation without representation in the Champions League Twenty20 [which is organised by the Indian, South African and Australian boards] and the IPL, much to the PCB’s dissatisfaction.
India were due to tour Pakistan in January 2009 but that series was cancelled following the 26/11 attacks. As per the ICC's Future Tours Programme, Pakistan were scheduled to tour India for three Tests and five ODIs in March-April 2012, but that series was cancelled after the Indian government did not clear it. In its place the Asia Cup was held in Bangladesh.
This short ODI series will be the first bilateral meeting in five years between the two countries.
On May 30, CNN-IBN had broken the story of the BCCI considering creating a window for the resumption of bilateral ties with Pakistan.