New Delhi: As a followup to the talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani, India has decided in-principle to resume bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan.
Government sources said the time of the visit, the venues of the matches and other logistical issues would be decided by the cricket boards of the two countries.
Sources said if everything goes according to the plans, Indian cricket team will visit Pakistan first and the cricket team of that country will pay a return visit. However, there is no slot available for Indian cricket team to visit Pakistan in the immediate near future. According to the Future Tour Schedule prepared by the International Cricket Council, Pakistan should visit India for a three Tests and five one day international series in March 2012.
When contacted, BCCI Vice-President Rajiv Shukla and Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty said they were not aware of any decision to resume bilaeral cricketing ties.
Before the World Cup semi-final match at Mohali on March 30, India last played against Pakistan at an Asia Cup match in June 2010 at Dambula in Sri Lanka.
The last bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan was held in 2007-2008 when the Pakistani team had visited India. No international cricket team has visited Pakistan to play any match after the terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team on March 3, 2009, when six members of the visiting team were injured. Six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were also killed in the incident.