ICC news August 9, 2014

ICC confirms 2015 India-Pakistan series

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Bhadravati 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 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 on August 10, 2014, 11:47 GMT

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

  • Johnathon 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

  • Bhadravati 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.

  • Dummy4 on August 10, 2014, 4:03 GMT

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

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

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

  • greig 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.

  • Dummy4 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......

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