ICC news August 9, 2014

ICC confirms 2015 India-Pakistan series

ESPNcricinfo staff
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The International Cricket Council has confirmed that India and Pakistan are set to play a bilateral series in December 2015. This will be the first of six series scheduled between the two countries during the eight-year future tours programme cycle from 2015 to 2023.

According to the provisional FTP cycle, India and Pakistan are scheduled to play 12 Tests, 30 ODIs and 11 Twenty20s spread over six series. The first of these, likely to be a home series for Pakistan, could be played in the UAE and is expected to comprise two Tests, five ODIs and two T20s.

"There has been a proposal to resume bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan. As I understand, there has been an agreement that the two teams will play each other soon," ICC chairman N Srinivasan told the Times of India.

Even though the BCCI has agreed to host Pakistan twice during the period, ESPNcricinfo understands that due to the sensitive political relationship between the neighbouring countries, the Indian board has added a clause in the MoU that all the six series will be played "subject to government clearance". The FTP is likely to be converted into a binding agreement on the sidelines of the next ICC board meeting in October.

The last bilateral series between the two countries was played in December 2012 and January 2013 when Pakistan toured India for three ODIs and two T20s. Bilateral cricketing ties between the two countries were snapped after the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 until the series in 2012-13, although India and Pakistan have played each other in the World Cup, Champions Trophy, Asia Cup and the World T20.

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  • Colemanpetkid on August 11, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    Two boards by themselves can't achieve much more. There is a past that is haunting the two countries and their people. There is lack of trust and faith in the people of both the countries. Politicians haven't helped on either side. Under such circumstances, it is important to make a start however small and prove to the people that we can get on with each other. Cricket is much loved in both the countries and can be a strong force to change things. We should all support this step.

  • Aamir.Awan on August 11, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Pakistan-India should play 3 Tests (if not more) every year just like "The Ashes". And I think this is very important for the betterment of cricket and to attract more people towards test cricket worldwide. Both boards should come out of their shells and do something about this. I think every true cricket fan will support this idea. Love Cricket, Love PAK-IND cricket series.

  • on August 10, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    Should be four tests as ind have played with aus and engineering over the last 12 years......It will be in both board, s interests as well

  • on August 10, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    no place for any player in test team,,,,,,expect B.KUMAR and RAHANE.

  • johnathonjosephs on August 10, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    2 Tests? This long wait that 1.5+ billion people have been waiting for is culminating to 2 Tests? You have got to be kidding me

  • Colemanpetkid on August 10, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    Let us make a start even if with only two tests. Let us hope that Cricket improves relationships between the two countries.

  • on August 10, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    5 test match series b/w ind-pak in England would be fab !

  • msa88 on August 9, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    only two test series........should be minimum three....

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 9, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    This 2 match series compilation is becoming laughable now and needs to end. It has to be 3 or 4 matches at least.

  • on August 9, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Two tests.................. Wow................ This is the biggest cricket rivalry of all times............ Ashes literally looks like ashes once India Vs. Pakistan is on the TV...............5 tests series as there were in the yesteryears is what we need......

  • Colemanpetkid on August 11, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    Two boards by themselves can't achieve much more. There is a past that is haunting the two countries and their people. There is lack of trust and faith in the people of both the countries. Politicians haven't helped on either side. Under such circumstances, it is important to make a start however small and prove to the people that we can get on with each other. Cricket is much loved in both the countries and can be a strong force to change things. We should all support this step.

  • Aamir.Awan on August 11, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Pakistan-India should play 3 Tests (if not more) every year just like "The Ashes". And I think this is very important for the betterment of cricket and to attract more people towards test cricket worldwide. Both boards should come out of their shells and do something about this. I think every true cricket fan will support this idea. Love Cricket, Love PAK-IND cricket series.

  • on August 10, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    Should be four tests as ind have played with aus and engineering over the last 12 years......It will be in both board, s interests as well

  • on August 10, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    no place for any player in test team,,,,,,expect B.KUMAR and RAHANE.

  • johnathonjosephs on August 10, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    2 Tests? This long wait that 1.5+ billion people have been waiting for is culminating to 2 Tests? You have got to be kidding me

  • Colemanpetkid on August 10, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    Let us make a start even if with only two tests. Let us hope that Cricket improves relationships between the two countries.

  • on August 10, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    5 test match series b/w ind-pak in England would be fab !

  • msa88 on August 9, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    only two test series........should be minimum three....

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 9, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    This 2 match series compilation is becoming laughable now and needs to end. It has to be 3 or 4 matches at least.

  • on August 9, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Two tests.................. Wow................ This is the biggest cricket rivalry of all times............ Ashes literally looks like ashes once India Vs. Pakistan is on the TV...............5 tests series as there were in the yesteryears is what we need......

  • umairasgharbutt on August 9, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    playing after years and only two tests to begin with. what a shame its pak vs indo not ireland vs zimbabwe

  • SaudFaruqi on August 9, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    Should play 3-test series at the least if not more.

  • on August 9, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Why two tests? Is this a joke?

    Take the TEST FORMAT seriously or else we can forget cricket and cricketers, we'll just have entertainment and entertainers.

    Should have been 3 Tests, 5 ODIz and if required; 1 T20.

  • siddhartha87 on August 9, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    to be honest 5 tests between India and Pakistan will be boring considering the dead pitches in sub continent. History says 2/3 of the tests between India Pakistan have ended in draw. If they really want it to attract viewers then pitches should be bowling freindly.

  • on August 9, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Instead of playing on more occasions between 2015-2023, they should instead play on fewer occasions but in bigger volume every time. A couple of these occasions should only comprise of tests. A 4-test or a 5-test series ... how ideal it could be. Just like Ashes, when everyone knows it is Ashes and it is 5-test series, no amalgamation of T-20s before or after it.

  • piptheninjafrog on August 9, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    Two tests? Appaling. A 5 test series between Pak and Ind will be amazing to watch and attract so many viewers.

  • Cricket_Man on August 9, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    At least 3 test matches please.

  • Hardy1 on August 9, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    This is good news but let's not overdo it, familiarity breeds contempt. Also, an average of 2 Test series isn't really ideal...

  • CrICkeeet on August 9, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    Cant wait more for TEST match between IND-PAK

  • on August 9, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    why only two tests, it should have been 3 tests atleast, i would even like it to be 4 test series.

  • on August 9, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    i guess future tour programme cycle should be 2015 to 2023 instead of 2015 to 2013 you have mentioned.

  • on August 9, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    What's the point of playing a two test series should be at least 3 tests we talking about Pakistan and India the ICC should make a law that minimum of 3 tests are played between big teams

  • on August 9, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    the two countries during the eight-year future tours programme cycle from 2015 to 2013. it sould be 2015 - 2023 .

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  • on August 9, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    the two countries during the eight-year future tours programme cycle from 2015 to 2013. it sould be 2015 - 2023 .

  • on August 9, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    What's the point of playing a two test series should be at least 3 tests we talking about Pakistan and India the ICC should make a law that minimum of 3 tests are played between big teams

  • on August 9, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    i guess future tour programme cycle should be 2015 to 2023 instead of 2015 to 2013 you have mentioned.

  • on August 9, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    why only two tests, it should have been 3 tests atleast, i would even like it to be 4 test series.

  • CrICkeeet on August 9, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    Cant wait more for TEST match between IND-PAK

  • Hardy1 on August 9, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    This is good news but let's not overdo it, familiarity breeds contempt. Also, an average of 2 Test series isn't really ideal...

  • Cricket_Man on August 9, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    At least 3 test matches please.

  • piptheninjafrog on August 9, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    Two tests? Appaling. A 5 test series between Pak and Ind will be amazing to watch and attract so many viewers.

  • on August 9, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Instead of playing on more occasions between 2015-2023, they should instead play on fewer occasions but in bigger volume every time. A couple of these occasions should only comprise of tests. A 4-test or a 5-test series ... how ideal it could be. Just like Ashes, when everyone knows it is Ashes and it is 5-test series, no amalgamation of T-20s before or after it.

  • siddhartha87 on August 9, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    to be honest 5 tests between India and Pakistan will be boring considering the dead pitches in sub continent. History says 2/3 of the tests between India Pakistan have ended in draw. If they really want it to attract viewers then pitches should be bowling freindly.