How the Indo-Pak deadlock was broken

The twists and turns in India and Pakistan's cricketing relations between late 2008 and mid-2012

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July 16, 2012

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The Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan share a thought during the game, India v Pakistan, 2nd semi-final, World Cup 2011, Mohali, March 30, 2011
Pakistan prime minister Yousuf Gilani was invited by his Indian counterpart, Manmohan Singh, to attend the 2011 World Cup semi-final © Getty Images

December 18, 2008
India calls off its scheduled tour of Pakistan in early 2009, following a directive from the government that it was not feasible "in the prevailing circumstances" in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2008.

February 2, 2009
Pakistan bars its players from participating in the IPL after its foreign ministry deems it unsafe for the cricketers to travel to India after the terrorist attacks.

March 3, 2009
Members of the Sri Lanka team are injured after a terrorist attack on the team bus in Lahore. The attack kills six security men and two civilians. Pakistan's status as an international sporting venue, subsequently, comes under doubt.

April 17, 2009
The ICC strips Pakistan of hosting rights for the 2011 World Cup because of the "uncertain security situation" in the country.

September 19, 2009
Ijaz Butt, PCB Chairman, says India are open to resumption of ties in neutral venues and that the ICC has agreed to factor it in in its Future Tours Programme (FTP) post 2012.

October 28, 2009
Ijaz Butt visits India as the guest of BCCI president Shashank Manohar, prompting speculation in the Pakistan media that the visit is aimed at reviving cricket ties between the two countries.

November 2, 2009
The Indian board rules out the immediate resumption of bilateral matches with Pakistan, saying a call on the issue would only be taken in late 2010.

December 14, 2009
Pakistan explores the possibility of playing its 'home' series (the one initially scheduled for early 2009, which India pulled out of) in India. Ijaz Butt says that if the BCCI is willing to reschedule the tour of Pakistan, they won't mind playing that series in India.

January 19, 2010
David Morgan, the ICC President, says he is working on persuading BCCI to play bilateral series with Pakistan.

January 19, 2010
No Pakistan players are picked in the third IPL auction, prompting angry reactions from them.

September 15, 2010
Ijaz Butt meets Sharad Pawar in Delhi to discuss bilateral relations and issues related to World Cup revenues.

March 27, 2011
Pakistan prime minister Yousuf Gilani accepts the invitation of his Indian counterpart, Manmohan Singh, to attend the World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan (it is only bilateral ties that are severed, the two countries continue to face off in multi-nation tournaments) in Mohali.

April 16, 2011
The Pakistan board says it has initiated talks with the BCCI over resuming cricketing relations between India and Pakistan.

Sialkot Stallions with the trophy, Faisalabad Wolves v Sialkot Stallions, RBS Twenty20 Cup final, Karachi, February 7, 2010
Pakistan's Sialkot Stallions were invited to the 2012 Champions League T20 © Shakir Khilji

July 6, 2011
The PCB says it is awaiting word from the BCCI on whether the Indian government will grant clearance for their scheduled tour to India in March-April 2012. Eventually, the series does not go ahead.

April 9, 2012
The BCCI vice-president and IPL chairman, Rajiv Shukla, says the participation of Pakistan cricketers in the IPL is dependent on the resumption of India-Pakistan bilateral ties.

May 12, 2012
The BCCI says it has no objection to a team from Pakistan participating in the Champion League.

May 20, 2012
The BCCI invites PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf to watch the IPL final in Chennai.

May 28, 2012
The Champions League T20 governing council approves the inclusion of Pakistan's Sialkot Stallions for the 2012 tournament, which will be held in October.

May 30, 2010
Following Zaka Ashraf's trip to India for the IPL final, during which he had discussed the possibility of a bilateral series between the two countries, he says plans for the series could be firmed up on the sidelines of the ICC's conference in Kuala Lumpur in June.

June 5, 2012
Zaka Ashraf talks to senior politicians in Pakistan about a possible series with India.

June 29, 2012
BCCI president N Srinivasan and PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf meet on the sidelines of the ICC conference and agree on a series in principle, but not on any specific details. Srinivasan says he would only be able to commit after checking with the Indian authorities.

July 5, 2012
Indian foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai says the resumption of India-Pakistan bilateral cricket ties is dependent on the BCCI and the PCB.

July 16, 2012
The BCCI confirms a three-ODI, two-Twenty20 series will be played between India and Pakistan in December 2012 and January 2013, when England - who will be touring India at the time - head home for a Christmas break.

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Posted by WaseemHassanGul on (July 17, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

I hope soon after Pakistan plays India in India, India also visits Pakistan for a tour.

Posted by torsha on (July 16, 2012, 21:41 GMT)

All thanks to India and BCCI. What a great gesture!

Posted by ZeeshanKamal on (July 16, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

why always pak players go to India. again pak spectators will not be able to watch the match on the ground

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (July 16, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

Zaka Ashraf,s effort must be appreciated. Ejaz butt was disgace to pakistan. new chairman has been very sensible so far. I am expecting some team to visit paksitan very soon as well. Pakistan must settle their limited over teams before these important series in near future. and not to mess about much with test side apart from its fast bowling department.

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