India news July 16, 2012

India to host Pakistan for ODI series in December-January

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India and Pakistan will resume bilateral ties with a "short series", comprising three ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals, in December and January. The matches will be held between the Test and one-day legs of England's tour of India and will form the first bilateral series between the two sides since Pakistan toured India in end-2007.

The decision was taken by the BCCI at its working committee meeting on Monday. Rajiv Shukla, a senior BCCI official, said the plan was to hold the three ODIs in Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata, and the Twenty20 matches in Ahmedabad and Bangalore.

"The BCCI was firm that no India-Pakistan series will be held at a neutral venue so it was decided to invite them [Pakistan] after December 22 when the England team leaves after playing the Twenty20 Internationals," Shukla said.

"This was the slot where the tour could have been accommodated and we did that accordingly. I have spoken to the home minister and he has said his ministry has no objection. The Ministry of External Affairs [India's foreign ministry] has also agreed to this tour."

Bilateral cricketing ties were snapped following the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008, though the two countries have played each other in the World Cup, Champions Trophy and Asia Cup.

The decision comes after prolonged, high-level consultations between officials of the two boards and, latterly, of the two governments. BCCI president N Srinivasan and PCB chief Zaka Ashraf have held several discussions this year regarding resumption of ties, with Pakistan hoping to fit in a series at the end of the year, during the Christmas break in England's tour of India.

"It's a positive move by the BCCI," Ashraf told reporters at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. "It's been six months since I have been discussing with the BCCI about the possible revival of ties and the final breakthrough came during the IPL final. Ultimately, we have received the invite from the BCCI and now we will sit to discuss the modalities of the series."

It is Pakistan's turn to host a bilateral series between the two. But there has been no international cricket in the country between Full Members since the March 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka team bus and it is understood that India are not keen to play at a neutral venue, as has been the case with all Pakistan's 'home' series since the attack. Subsequently, Ashraf said India had the prerogative to decide on the dates and host the series, but the PCB would want the BCCI to share revenue because the PCB has apparently not yet recovered from the financial loss suffered when India pulled out of their planned tour in 2009.

The news is another step forward in both boards' efforts to improve cricketing relations after the Champions League T20 governing council's approval of the inclusion of the Sialkot Stallions in this year's tournament, to be held in October. Sialkot will be the first domestic team from Pakistan to take part in the event. "The CLT20 is owned by the BCCI, Cricket Australia, and Cricket South Africa, so we will recommend to the governing council that the BCCI has no objection and is prepared to invite a Pakistan team," Srinivasan said at the time.

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  • zulfi43 on July 19, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    If there is no DRS ?????? a nightmare for Pakistan . India can win easily without DRS. BCCI know that.

  • ProdigyA on July 18, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    @babu_bhaiya - Truth hurts, doesnt it.

  • on July 18, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    its ok to all my indian frndz it really doesnt matter how much hectic schedule india have but some (always) oppose pak mentality level people in india have over hyped this

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 18, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    ha ha ha Indian cricket do not have excitement without Pak series! what a joke! Pak fans still not able to accept that it is a help from BCCI to PCB to pay their dues...funny.

  • g.narsimha on July 18, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    kiwirocker - get well , i believe u r in need of a good doctor.

  • on July 18, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    I don't have a problem with playing Pakistan, but I am not at all happy with the timing of the series. Just after having played England in 4 tests, our players should be given some rest before the one day series stars.

    It is ridiculous to insert a one day series against Pakistan, when they should resting and preparing for the one day series against. Its again diluting the value of one day cricket. In any case I do not care much for T20, I feel it should be restricted to Club/Domestic Level and only played internationally for World T20.

    But this will 50 over cricket. In a matter of a month India would have played 8 ODIS and 3 T20. The Indian team did not play so many matches in such a short span even during the world cup. Would the Indian spectators want to watch India England ODIs 2 days after watching India PaK?

  • AKS286 on July 18, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    haha old tactics by pak their main purpose & target is too play IPL. this series is the pre platform of IPL. no test only ODIs. remember Azhar mahmood he took the UK citizenship for playing in IPL.

  • DanielNarayan on July 18, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    It is great to see the tentative resumption of cricketing ties between the 2 countries. It has been one of those unfortunate situations where millions of fans have hoped for this, yet at the same time it is totally understandable that personal safety comes first, at the end of the day cricket is only a game. For those who have brought about this unfortunate situation, just read all the excited comments from the Pakistanis and think about the loss they have suffered to date because of your actions. We should also give huge credit to the BCCI. Let's face it, Indian cricket and the BCCI dont need Pakistan cricket or the PCB in any capacity, they are doing this as goodwill to Pakistan and to give the fans what they want to see. Lets give credit where it is due.

  • warneneverchuck on July 17, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    If yunus khan is better than Sachin then I think zaheer khan is better than the great wasim akram

  • golgoal on July 17, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    @babu_bhaiya : Yes, but nobody in the world except the Pakistanis will call Younis and Yousuf "great" or put them in the same category as Sachin and Dravid - they are both good, but hardly great. Sachin and Dravid play much greater number of innings of substance and class, and are not accumulators at number 4 and 5 like Younis and Yousuf.

  • zulfi43 on July 19, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    If there is no DRS ?????? a nightmare for Pakistan . India can win easily without DRS. BCCI know that.

  • ProdigyA on July 18, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    @babu_bhaiya - Truth hurts, doesnt it.

  • on July 18, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    its ok to all my indian frndz it really doesnt matter how much hectic schedule india have but some (always) oppose pak mentality level people in india have over hyped this

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 18, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    ha ha ha Indian cricket do not have excitement without Pak series! what a joke! Pak fans still not able to accept that it is a help from BCCI to PCB to pay their dues...funny.

  • g.narsimha on July 18, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    kiwirocker - get well , i believe u r in need of a good doctor.

  • on July 18, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    I don't have a problem with playing Pakistan, but I am not at all happy with the timing of the series. Just after having played England in 4 tests, our players should be given some rest before the one day series stars.

    It is ridiculous to insert a one day series against Pakistan, when they should resting and preparing for the one day series against. Its again diluting the value of one day cricket. In any case I do not care much for T20, I feel it should be restricted to Club/Domestic Level and only played internationally for World T20.

    But this will 50 over cricket. In a matter of a month India would have played 8 ODIS and 3 T20. The Indian team did not play so many matches in such a short span even during the world cup. Would the Indian spectators want to watch India England ODIs 2 days after watching India PaK?

  • AKS286 on July 18, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    haha old tactics by pak their main purpose & target is too play IPL. this series is the pre platform of IPL. no test only ODIs. remember Azhar mahmood he took the UK citizenship for playing in IPL.

  • DanielNarayan on July 18, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    It is great to see the tentative resumption of cricketing ties between the 2 countries. It has been one of those unfortunate situations where millions of fans have hoped for this, yet at the same time it is totally understandable that personal safety comes first, at the end of the day cricket is only a game. For those who have brought about this unfortunate situation, just read all the excited comments from the Pakistanis and think about the loss they have suffered to date because of your actions. We should also give huge credit to the BCCI. Let's face it, Indian cricket and the BCCI dont need Pakistan cricket or the PCB in any capacity, they are doing this as goodwill to Pakistan and to give the fans what they want to see. Lets give credit where it is due.

  • warneneverchuck on July 17, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    If yunus khan is better than Sachin then I think zaheer khan is better than the great wasim akram

  • golgoal on July 17, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    @babu_bhaiya : Yes, but nobody in the world except the Pakistanis will call Younis and Yousuf "great" or put them in the same category as Sachin and Dravid - they are both good, but hardly great. Sachin and Dravid play much greater number of innings of substance and class, and are not accumulators at number 4 and 5 like Younis and Yousuf.

  • ani. on July 17, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    @babu_bhaiya: you are wrong ! in south africa and Aus. Yousaf avgs 26 and 31, Younis 43 and 33 .... Dravid 41 & 29.7 , laxman 44 and 40.42 ..sachin 53 and 46.. all these players avg over 50 in england except laxman34.47 ..you seem to remeber only last 2 series .. before that they have won in england 2007-08, Drawn in south Africa and Australia

  • SwingIsKing on July 17, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    I don't think there's any sharing of profit between BCCI and PCB. Its all BCCI's

  • on July 17, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    it will b an awesome series and hope that india team can also accept the tour to pakistan.

  • babu_bhaiya on July 17, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    @the_predator: Buddy you might wanna check your own legendary line up abroad. Younis Khan and Yousuf both have better away averages than your flat track kings (Tendulkar, Dravid, Sehwag, Laxman) against England, South Africa and Australia. In fact Tendulkar is the only one above 45. If you know how to use the Cricinfo database then go ahead and pull out the data so that your misconceptions can be cleared.

  • zaheerthetop on July 17, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Great MR.NAMPALLY AND Blannwhite BCCI and India only interest because without pak series they cant bring excitement in cricket and why only crickt if you dont like thm why you allowing them remember when Ausie amd England were strong in finance tersm Pak had alway supported BCCI

  • on July 17, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    wow great to hear this news . love the match between pak and india

  • on July 17, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    This is indeed a good news, however BCCI does not think about the players health and fitness. There will be three back to back series and all of them are expected to be high profile ones.

  • SwingReverse on July 17, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Good new for cricket lovers...bad one for people who have double standards and narrow minds. Let's sit back and enjoy the game, in the end it is just a game.

  • on July 17, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    It's my request to Indian friends not to bringing politics into sports. Pakistan never suspended the bilateral series when innocent Pakistanis died in Samjhota Express incident in India. It's a good sign for all cricket lovers all over the world that Indo-Pak cricket clash is going to happen once again.

  • on July 17, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    oo yes !!! that is great news ,sports should not come in the way of politics .Lets enjoy the game come december .Hoping for a thrilling series

  • Nampally on July 17, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    India stopped the Cricket matches with Pakistan because of the Bombay massacre by pakistani terrorists who infiterated into India. Pakistan Govt. never resolved this by dealing with this terrorist group in Pakistan. This was the basis for barring the cricket matches between the 2 Nations for the past 4 years. Things have not changed & this threat continues to exist. I wonder why the Govt. of India decided to resume the cricket matches with this unresolved issue!.BCCI does not appear to know what it is doing. BCCI has arranged the games Vs. Pakistan right in the middle of the the series against England.Will this not over stretch the players & causing more injuries? Apart from the politically unresoplved issues, the timing of the series is grossly short sighted. Do they expect to field India A for the series of ODI's against Pakistan?

  • Blacknwhite on July 17, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    I never missed any India series in the last 20 years or so. I think this will be the first time i will boycott the series. Justice has not yet received and still we are waiting for it. Those days are still running before my eyes and the blemishes & the scars are left and i dont think it will disappear. I am not going to watch or show interest on it.

  • shibuvin on July 17, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    It's just a good news for Pak Cricket, as they can't hold a home series. On the other hand, India is the country, with whom, rest of cricket playing nations would love to play cricket, as there is more profit and the success ratio is high. Eventhough, Pak is playing much cricket, It's a real door opening for them... But I don't appreciate the move by BCCI, though PCB is on their knees to play with India.

  • on July 17, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Why India Pakistan Cricket Sandwiched between England and Australia series at home ????, Sunil Gavaskar rightly so its was not a time to Host Pakistan for cricket a s they are not in terms for their Promised to nail the culprits behing 26/11 attack..... Their is no point in keeping Crickets and Politics seperatly given the Magnitude of out relatioship withour neighbour.Yes India Pakistan rivalry are treat to watch but no such things are greater than humanity and your country

  • zaheerthetop on July 17, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    As there was no excitement in last IPL and people of India bored with cricket sonBCCi wants some excitement and bring cricket charm back decided to go with Pakistan and PCB needs money This is selfish act from both countries this is not just cricket actually cricket is politicised But both boards and countries should promise that in future in situatuon Sports should not be the target from both countires. One incident will make dent to sports again it should not happened

  • on July 17, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Its so nice to hear that PAK v IND in December 2012 playing a 3 odi and 2 t20 matches after 5 years or so, I am so happy

  • the_predator on July 17, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    ridiculous. Another series with a nation which produces useles bunch of hyped batsmen name JAVED MIANDAD, INZAMAMmul HAQ (to name few) etc etc ....do not even have avg of 30 against AUS in AUS....these guysshould play first for their GULLY...... what do you say kiwirocke?

  • maddy20 on July 17, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    @Faarhan As long as there are no new terror attacks, I don't think they will make a u-turn. BCCI may be a bully sometimes but they are honor their word.

  • Sports4Youth on July 17, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    What is the point, people like Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul & M.Sami will play the series, there will be zero viewership.

  • Haleos on July 17, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    @first_slip - you care enough to come here and comment.

  • on July 17, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    So why is India not willing to play on a neutral venue? Wouldn't that be the fair thing to do as it was Pakistan's turn to host a series? Feels like the PCB is accepting whatever roti the BCCI gives them!

  • on July 17, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Hope Sachin make 50th ton in ODI's all the nation give the cheers to him ...

    All The Best

    LITTLE MASTER

  • ak_dragon on July 17, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Mega Event of the YEAR...Pak Vs Ind... Mother of all Cricket Rivalries...or More than ASHES !

  • CorneredTiger92-09 on July 17, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    @SunnyJahangir I guess it's time to create some new legends in this battle

  • Min2_cric on July 17, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    there should be a test match world cup...

  • Min2_cric on July 17, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    sad..sad..sad..sad..sad...

  • aasoo on July 17, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    India team will be under huge pressure due to high expections of their fans...this series should have been at neutral venue to have real sense of competition.

  • vish57 on July 17, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    India and Pakistan are neighbours, though politically divided for various internal reasons of both countries, the people, the culture are all same. Both countries should have more of sports and cultural activities to strengthen people to people contact. Cricket being so popular in this region, both countries can play cricket more frequently ( once in 2 years ). Cricket is a game and winning or losing is a part of any sports. Let us all enjoy the game of cricket played between the two countries and let the better team win the matches and let us all accept. Beyond world cup victories in 1983,2007 (T20) and in 2011, the greatest satisfaction I had as a cricket fan was when India resumed cricket ties with Pakistan in 1978 (Faisalabad test) as well when India Played South Africa in Eden Garden in 1991. Let us enjoy the game and support your team and accept victory or defeat.

  • shaantanu on July 17, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    @Farhaan:yes u cud be right.BCCI may take a uturn just like the pakistani government.

  • Faarhan on July 17, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    i doubt this will happen,, BCCI can take U turn any time

  • Naresh28 on July 17, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Now Now fans its only a game where you win some and lose some. So no wild predictions. Respect both teams have good players on both sides. Just enjoy the games.

  • Sakthiivel on July 17, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    This total waste , bcci should give indian players some break.. sandwich series is total waste

  • on July 17, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    I think it is a good decision of BCCI and PCB that the series will be start again. It's not for Indian and Pakistani people,but for all over the world.All the cricket fans all over the world prefer to see the cricket between this two team.No doubt, India is very stronger than Pakistan. But, people are interest to the war of nerves. BCCI, I want to say, please keep a series against Pakistan every year. Now, cricket is a global game.International a smart game.In the end point, thanks BCCI and PCB to walk together. The cricket world is wait to see .....

  • sameenkhan on July 17, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    so happy we should play cricket every year! I hope Pakistan prepare well and its a well contested game. Great news cricinfo!

  • vinayjayaram on July 17, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Why has BCCI agreed for this series all of a sudden when there is absolutely no change in scenario between India and Pak ??Good for cricket but absolutely ridiculous decision by BCCI..

  • on July 17, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    It will be a great occasion for cricket lovers to see Pakistan India back on the track.The beauty of cricket lies between their contests. They should play as many matches as they could, because cricket without these nations has no color. We thank both the Board for their tireless struggle, specially Pakistan Chairman Zaka Ashraf, who made it his mission to reconciliate..

  • on July 17, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    Even though many are clamouring of this series thinking of the old days of India vs. Pakistan matches where you had Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram vs. Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Vengsarkar, Tendulkar etc.... the sad part is, there are no legendary players left from the Pakistan side. You have few players who are good but not the same stature of Imran, Jaheer, Miandad.. India still has Sachin Tendulkar left ( And Dhoni). India vs. Pakistan is always exciting but seriously speaking,, . Yeah, we will be glad to see a Azhar Ali century or a Dinda dazzle.. does that measure up? Time really has moved on and it isnt what it used to be anymore..

  • on July 17, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    wow! this is realy a good news for the cricket world.

  • on July 17, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    I am keeping my fingers crossed for this series and sincerely hope that BCCI don't take a U turn on this.

  • rahulcricket007 on July 17, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    VERY BAD DECISION BY BCCI . THEY DIDN'T WANT TO GIVE PLAYERS A BREAK . THE SERIES WILL BE PLAYED DURING THE CHRISTMAS BREAK AFTER TEST SERIES AGAINST ENG. ENGLISH PLAYERS WILL GO TO HOME FOR VACATIONS & WILL RETURN FRESH FOR ODIS WHILE INDIAN PLAYERS WILL BE TIRED AFTER PLAYING CONTINUOS CRICKET .(4 TEST MATCHES AGAINST ENG & PAK SERIES ).

  • on July 17, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    there should have been at lest 1 test match!

  • on July 17, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    Wow It's good thinking and Good news for Pakistan! Pakistan was waiting for a long time!

  • on July 17, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Boom Boom Series is coming! i wish it would have been in Pakistan.....or i may visit INDIA to watch it.

  • on July 17, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    Very good news, we love to play cricket

  • simpleguy2008 on July 17, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    Thanks to B.C.C.I for getting this high voltage series now i request b.c.c.i to please give green signal for the U.D.R.S system.

  • rket on July 17, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Though I wholeheartedly welcome the pakistan tour of India and looking forward to the tour, I suspect the IPL bosses hand in the decision (rather than BCCI bosses) as it will give them a chance to add pakistan players to IPL and make more money next year.

  • on July 17, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    Good!!! Winters will become hotter again with India vs Pakistan. But only 3 matches???? :(

  • on July 17, 2012, 1:22 GMT

    5 ODI'S INSTEAD OF 2 T20s we want to see full cricket. thank you

  • on July 17, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    @Lien Chowdry The Battle of who again???

  • on July 17, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    wow! this is realy a good news for the cricket world.

  • La_Bangla on July 17, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    @Puneet Mahajan- I really doubted any Pakistani player will apply for IPL. They really felt humiliated by their exclusion and some even openely vowed never to play in IPL again. Pakistani players have lots of pride and self respect and I am sure they will never play in IPL again..

  • on July 17, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    FINALLYYY! TWO GIANTS ARE GOING TO FACE EACH OTHER! happy for that! :) but india should visit pakistan for series as well......... still, great news! :) hope politics does'nt get involved in the following series AGAIN! -_-

  • on July 16, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    Now plsss bring back Md Amir.World cricket loers missing this talent!!!

  • on July 16, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    more ODI matchs................. plz atleast 5 ODI

  • ExplicitPlatinum on July 16, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    I used to be the guy who believed that Pakistan has an edge over India in cricket. I'm a Pak fan and this time I'm a bit afraid of facing India. Indian's are never effected by brainwashing (E.G Bringing Wahab Riaz again in the Asia cup game) and they overcome it. Their fielding is sharp with Irfan and Raina. You got Sehwag who creamed Gul and Afridi a lot in the past. Tendulkar will let his natural instincts to flow after his 100th 100 and will be deadly. Raina and Kohli usually score HEAVILY against Pak. Indian's are not afraid of any Pak player at all. Heck, each Indian batsmen have their own ginormous fanbase! Reminds you of Barcelona! Bring in a 5 year old Indian batsman on debut and he will be a star! I love my Pak team as I'm a hardcore fan, but Misbah needs the answers! I hope Almighty Allah will help Pak win. The only Pak player in history who has tormented India the most was Salman Butt. I know I will get hate but it's true. He scored 7 centuries against India.

  • on July 16, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    Hands up for Zaka Ashraf :)

  • on July 16, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    Woderful, great. Two great cricketing teams playing after a long time. Good for the region good for the game and even better for the Cricket loving people of the two nations. I hope and pray that team India will come to play in Pakistan even if it's a short one day or T20 series....

  • on July 16, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    Can't Wait to see the Battle of the Sexes ......

  • pak78 on July 16, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    exellent news though would have loved a 5 match test series which would have been bigger than the ashes but some cricket is better than no cricket at all. well done mr zaka ashraf. and after this india should play return series on a neutral ground with pak. oh and i hope v have the DRS in place then it should be universal by then.

  • on July 16, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    Way to go!! Let's have the Pak players back in IPL!! That would add extra zing!!!

  • Kapil_Choudhary on July 16, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    While I understand that there isn't a long enough window for a Test series, I don't get why 2 T20s had to be scheduled instead of a full 5-match ODI series....Also, while I am Indian, I have to give a slight edge to Pakistan simply because they will be fresher and better prepared as opposed to India who would be playing absolutely non-stop. England should also rejoice with this news as it would tire India out before the ODI series against Eng - but then Eng are too weak as an ODI side in subcontinental conditions to have any chance even against a tired Indian side....neways gr8 news from a fan and a politician's perspective but horrible news from an Indian cricketer's perspective who is expected to play like a machine non-stop and just can't catch a break.

  • on July 16, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    Good News! Finally Cricket won.......we love to watch the cricket not the politics. Weldon PCB & BCCI.

  • on July 16, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    Indeed a good move by BCCI............Indo-Pak series is necessary for the International cricket

  • ac_Indian on July 16, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    I am not against Ind-Pak series, but a very bad time to play this series. India must give 100% focus on the England series. Very bad move.

  • ProdigyA on July 16, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Ha ha ha ha....... I WIN.

  • umairasgharbutt on July 16, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Pak vs Ind always a thriller to watch.. some indians here should stop criticizing bcci.. dont keep politics and sports together !

  • on July 16, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Great News, Thank you India......

  • on July 16, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    waiting to visit it just not those figurse the whole cricket worl wishes to see the game when it is at his best just when pak vs india

  • on July 16, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    India can't beat Pakistan at a neutral venue in a series.. They can only play at home that's the reason why they are not agreed to play at a neutral venue..

  • on July 16, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    it wud ve been a surprise if BCCI didnt select chennai as one of the venue for bilateral series ....

  • on July 16, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Oh thank God!!! We will see more interesting cricket between two nations again after gap of five years. Because of politics,both Nations were helpless playing with each other.India and Pakistan series is equal to World cup tournament. I congratulate both countries for taking positive steps for the sake of love and affection as well as cricket which is most prominent game of both nations.

  • on July 16, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Lets Hope 2 see PAK IND cricket series once again after 5 years..

  • maddy20 on July 16, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    @azmaftab Simple more revenue. BCCI wants to share the revenues with PCB to help them out of their financial difficulties. Ind vs Pak in India generates10 times more revenue than Ind vs Pak in Dubai bcoz sponsors will be willing to pay through their nose to cash on the hype. I am pretty damn sure PCB will be financially sound again after this series. A simple thank you would suffice.

  • superstar100 on July 16, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    gud news for both teams !!! but i think Indian team managment will give rest to main players after 4 test and 2 t20 agn ENG !!!! this should not be done pleaseeeeee

  • Rafelgibt on July 16, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    @Extraz on (July 16 2012, 15:24 PM GMT) thrashed up by all the top teams what does that mean????Last 5 years no top teams had thrashed BAN either in home or foreign soil..........Its not about BAN.......Its about your PAK who played badly against weaker SL..........By the way BAN beat qite easily SL in ASIA CUP.......I guess you can remember........I would still say IND gonna THRASHED PAK in a very long way.....Hope we would prove ourselves in IND tour in Dec..........Just watch it >>>>>>

  • on July 16, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    very gud news:)))))))))))

  • on July 16, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    I wish both the teams and nation take it as a matter of game....not as a matter of ego...!!!! Best of luck both sides

  • on July 16, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    At last we could see some exciting cricket between the most dramatic rivals in the cricketing world. Indo-Pak series is even bigger than the ashes !!!

  • StatisticsRocks on July 16, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Both sides evenly matched and what a series it promises to be....One thing I don't understand why in the middle of the Eng Ind series and not after that...

  • Indianpunjabi on July 16, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    @Extraz - PAK havent Beaten India since 2009....IND will THRASH Pak Easy...

  • Umpire_OUT on July 16, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Asian Champions vs World Champions.. eagerly waiting for ASIAN ASHES..

  • on July 16, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    thx God I cant wait thx BCCI

  • on July 16, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    Waiting for a mouth watering clash

  • pakwin on July 16, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    FINALLY a Pakistan and India series. Good luck team pakistan

  • Nadeem1976 on July 16, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    great great news. this is great for cricket. thanks for that BCCI and PCB. Awesome news.

  • Dilbar786 on July 16, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Nothing has changed thn y they agreed to play Pakistan??U-Turnn!!

  • Sinhaya on July 16, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Great news at last indeed!

  • Extraz on July 16, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    @first_slip...1.2 billion people 4rm ind and 170 million people 4rm pak cares about this series!!! @rafelgibt...yeah like BD got thrashed by every top nation!!!

  • on July 16, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Thank you India.......Waiting to see a mouth watering clash........All the best to both teams from Bangladesh.

  • on July 16, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Its a very good news. But i think , the best cricket between Pakistan and India can be seen in test matches only. Lets hope Pak and Ind test matches are held soon.

  • on July 16, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    woww itz exciting.. i will be in india for a christmas break.. so i will watch an odi at Kotla in delhi ::)) though i wish they had a game at mohlai too !!!! should be a cracking series...

  • on July 16, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Now That Sums up Cricket. INDIA VS PAKISTAN!!!! hope everything go well and thanks to India for taking the positive move. LETS GO PAKISTAN!!!!

  • CRKS on July 16, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    very 'short series' that too between England Test & odi series ..may be bcaz of tight schedule next year

  • on July 16, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    india vs pak rockzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • azeesajid on July 16, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    yahoooo!!! its v.v.v.v good news not only for the people of pakistan india but also for the whole cricketing world.

  • on July 16, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    esthatic,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,ectasy now.............ABSOLOUTE CRAZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZINEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS IN DECEMBER AWAITS US!!!!!!

  • StatisticsRocks on July 16, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    @Rbtyson: I hope you r joking otherwise sorry to say this my friend..you don't know what the word rivalry means.

  • on July 16, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    India will win odi series 2-1 and two t-20s will have 1-1 scoreline...!!

  • StatisticsRocks on July 16, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    @first_Slip : you do care enuf to comment here

  • on July 16, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    FINALLLY THANK YOU GODD,, much awaited series this....

  • Aaryabhatta on July 16, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    cancel matches againt eng..n put test series vs.pak

  • CRKS on July 16, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    @Farrukh Saleem India won the both Test @ Odi series in 2007

  • on July 16, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    people dont realise but this series is twice as big as the ashes, compare the tv figures and the crowd,you could fill a 200,000 stadium with ease,There is no series in the world that would compare to this,FACT!!!!!1

  • on July 16, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    BCCI HV SO MUCH POWER,CANT THEY JUST POSTPONE "T-20 WORLD CUP" TO NEXT YEAR ND WE CAN HAVE FULL IND VS PAK SERIES !!!!!!!!!!

  • Cricket_Man on July 16, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    This should be nice. But the revenue should be shared as India won't play on neutral venues and Pakistan isn't an option. As it was Pakistan's turn to host and they can't so i guess revenue should be split. It's going to be an exciting series, though!

  • on July 16, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    I am really happy to hear that................................ get ready the snacks............. apply for leaves....................abort parties........coz its indo pak cricket battle

  • syedasfatima on July 16, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    I am rooting for India but whoever wins Happy to know an Indo-Pak match and I hope its a cracker afterall we have waited for 5 long years

  • Syed_imran_abbas on July 16, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Pakistan must settle their ODI selection and tune their fast bowlers before this series. Pakistan,s test side is pretty much ok apart from fast bowling department but ODI and T20 selection is horrible. Talent is there and all they need is to pick the right guys and back them up. This series should be roller coaster Ride. I must appreciate Zaka ashraf and indain chairmen,s efforts.

  • on July 16, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    ITS IS NEW ERA .................. NOW ONLY THIS WAY WE COME TOGETHER 2 COUNTRY'S AND THAT TIME MOTHER OF ALL EXTREME CRICKET IN OUR VIEW...............................................

  • on July 16, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    It's a very good news and hope this will continue for ever.

  • first_slip on July 16, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Pakistan and India, Who Cares,

  • on July 16, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    I'll try to catch atleast 2 games.i work in delhi,and am going to bangalore during the new year.calcutta is my home city.wish i could have seen the game at the eden gardens

  • Naresh28 on July 16, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    It's not about who wins or loses. Each country has cricketers that still respect each other. Sport can be the winner. India and Pak are neighbours and co-existence means learning to live side by side and enjoy sports as well. There are some people in this world who feel they can go it alone.

  • alischeme on July 16, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    REALLY looking forward to this. I'm a Pakistani and i agree that recently, IND has won in most of the games played b/w us but still, the cricket matches b/w PAK and IND are always the best.

  • on July 16, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Great news INDIA-PAKISTAN THE CLASH OF THE TITANS can it get bigger than this? it could have been really good had there been a 3 Test match test series followed by a 7 match Triangular series Between India,Pakistan and England it would have been a huge well done PCB and BCCI

  • Naveed85 on July 16, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    awesome..nothing can beat india -pakistan series..look at recent matches in Asia cup & WC 2011, although my team lost the match .. but contest was great

  • aquasattar on July 16, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    it would be nice and fantastic event after a long long time. great efforts to organize the event. Appreciate it.

  • SandzredzXI on July 16, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    this is a result of desperation and hunger. Desparation from Pak side to get big bucks. Hunger from Indian side for more money and to gain a important vote of pak in future. But none the less, good for cricket and fans.

  • serious-am-i on July 16, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    let the best team on the day wins & hope cricket the sport remains victorious. Let us calm down our nerves, its not a war - so let us cherish the performance of both team players.

  • ani. on July 16, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    India -Pakistan always exciting great news!

  • on July 16, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    This is a great news indeed!!! No other series can match the euphoria such as Indo/Pak series...this is a positive signal for IPL6 as well, hope Pak players are also included in IPL6...

  • Haleos on July 16, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    @Robtyson - people arent dying to see Bangladesh. India-pakistan is THE rivalry in cricket. Ashes is nothing in comparision.

  • on July 16, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    that's great................. but here no Shoaib Akhtar No Inzemam No Younas Khan No yousaf....... No waseem Akram...... Only the beauty Shahid Afridi...... Let c......

  • matchfixerpkn on July 16, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    its true that india pakistan match are real fight.. but as far india concenred its not necesserly untill 26/11 closes ..and gulity punshes..

  • Muhtasim13 on July 16, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    @Robtyson "I don't think people are dying to see India play against Pakistan". Are you serious? This is probably one of the greatest cricket rivalries of all time

  • cricfreakManish on July 16, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Quite agree with Sunil gavaskar's comment...No need to play with Pakistan in the midst of a series going with Team like England !!!

  • venkatesh018 on July 16, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Whatever calamity that happens to anyone anywhere in India, the BUSINESS OF CRICKET will never stop...That is the message THE BCCI is sending out to the Indian people.

  • Bowling-Straight-and-Full-Swinging on July 16, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    it would be one hell of a series with AS ALWAYS INDIA having an edge in the batting dept. and PAKISTAN more dominating of the two in bowling dept. Mouth Watering contest are up and coming finally....:-)

  • venkatesh018 on July 16, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    This is what Neo Sports wanted desperately and did not get...Once the rights have changed over to ESS, a series has been arranged against Pakistan. Really u have got connections, Boss !

  • on July 16, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    That's really great news. I'm glad that the two countries are trying to fix their relationship.

  • on July 16, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    good to hear that; would love to see two gr8 sub-continent teams playing against each other again. Hope this will ease out some tension betn the countries and off course hats off to all the officials and people who have taken a step forward.

  • Engr_Khan on July 16, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    This is good really good news. I am Pakistani but i know that India will thrash out Pakistan in all ODI and T20s.If Pakistan will paly with player like Hafeez, Sami, Gul, Tanvir(Third class layer), then Pakistan certainly will lose all matches.

  • gravapine on July 16, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Its great news. But no need to rush in. As if Indian Players are machines. They need break as much as England players would. Pak team looks good and you would want to have best team which is fit. Also a full blown series would have been much better.

  • on July 16, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Finally after a long time cricket has come out as a winner in its battle with politics ....hoping for a good contest and eventually a Pakistani win

  • on July 16, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    very good news of cricket pakistan

  • on July 16, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    its a very positive news for lovers of cricket from both nations. i am a pakistani, being a peace loving person , i really feel good after reading the above all comments , its very positive reaction from both nations people .every body is welcoming this development keep it up peace lovers as well as true cricket lovers . and i wish to best of luck to both teams and nations in future .

  • AussieGreek on July 16, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    Pity there is not going to be any test matches, that would have been a great tough contest. Good to see them play again though, outside of worl cup and asia cup.

  • on July 16, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    FINALLY PAKISTAN WILL GET A CHANCE TO BEAT INDIA AT HOME AGAIN

    LIKE THEY DID IN 2007.........HALAAAT

  • on July 16, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    great news .. welcome pakistanis to india

  • abhi026 on July 16, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Great news really!but I would have loved couple of t20 and a tri- series.But it is good though.Come pakistan as an Indian I enjoy it most to beat pakistan.But more than results this will be a progressive series viewing the relation between the countries. At last well done BCCI and PCB.

  • UsmanAkbar on July 16, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Sanity prevails, egos finally put aside. Good for the players and people of both countries to enjoy the intense cricket which we always get in and Indo-Pak clash. This would certainly ease artificial tensions created by media on both sides of the borders. LONG LIVE PEACE.

  • on July 16, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    Until Both never Cricket.......... I love Pakistan Vs Indai

  • on July 16, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Well lets hope the series happens at last... it 's so loooong since a series was held between these two cricketing giants , and it will be a treat to watch.

  • on July 16, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    gr8 news. just waiting for that movement .

  • on July 16, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Very good move by India...

  • kirt on July 16, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    its nice geature by BCCI to host debt ridden n cricket hugry PCB.... i thnk bcci will arrange test series in near future.... this is one of the great cricket rivalry... i m urgin BCCI to share revenue to our neighbours in their bad time... JAI HIND

  • CorneredTiger92-09 on July 16, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Robtyson So instead of having a cricket series that fans from both countries and worldwide have been waiting for, you propose weh have India vs Bangladesh, I hope for a Ind and Bangla series but to say that people are not dying for a PAK-IND series, you have lost it

  • Raju80 on July 16, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Very good news...........

  • mihir_nam on July 16, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Agree with Deepak...Boxing Day Test and New Year test should have been for India Pakistan and Tri Series with England... anyways India Vs England ODI series is spread over 17days

  • on July 16, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Good News............... :-)

  • CorneredTiger92-09 on July 16, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    I have been waiting for this for such a long time. I just hope Pakistan can find the right team for then. The contests we're going to see are going to be immense. Ajmal vs Sachin Gul vs Sehwag(:() Afridi vs hopefully Yuvraj Umar Azhar Asad vs Rohit Kohli Raina. The best rivalry in sport is back :D

  • krnataraj on July 16, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    it is not the bilateral aspect or renewal of friendship ties blah blah blah but pure economic reasons that have driven bcci and pcb to come to an agreement!!

  • Cricketer2010 on July 16, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Great news after a while

    anxiously waiting for this for a long time. lets pray not only for the success of this series but also the better overall relationship between the neighbours.

  • s.a.91 on July 16, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Damnnnnn nervous! Wish it was in Dubai or some other neutral venue though. Pakistan could have some supporters too.

  • on July 16, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Match should be between sa ,aus ,eng ,pak ,wi , .where theiris chin music ,who cares about this series, all below avg. bowlers with speed of 130 kph.

  • AMAZINGFAN on July 16, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    @robtyson,what r u talking abt, ind-pak series is more than ashes and world cup.i'm happy that we will get to see some exciting cricket this december.both indians and pakistanis will give more than 100% when they take on each other.and no one wants to see series between ind and bd.

  • on July 16, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Great news.. cant wait for that series, gonna be fun

  • KiwiRocker- on July 16, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal will be especially thrilled with this news. Saeed Ajmal has a further chance to make Sachin Tendulya look clueless against him...Mind you Tendulya is an over rated non performer who may skip the series?? or might ev lobby for non resumption of India/Pak ties like he did in late 90's to boast up his average that is still a miserable late 30's against Pakistan..I mean the man is a member of Parliment now!

  • on July 16, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    It's not about losing or winning for both team it's gonna be thrilling

  • ExplicitPlatinum on July 16, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    Always with India wanting to host a Pak series. Why don't India come to Peshawar, Azad Kashmir and Sialkot? Why not help us international cricket back in the country? BCCI should've done that, as it is India's turn to tour Pak.

  • on July 16, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    wANT PAKISTAN to beat india 3-0 .. it will be the best revenge for past matches

  • Sak-pakifan on July 16, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Inshala pak would win . And all the best to india. Pak and ind zindabad

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on July 16, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    \

    Why not a test match?

  • Bilar on July 16, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    good news but would have been better on nuetral venue ......caus its pakistans turn to host and they should get the revenue......neve mind just hope to see more of it

  • Empire-Of-Cricket on July 16, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    It is nice see if Test matches also scheduled btw these two...

  • S-A-M-1994 on July 16, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Good News ...eagerly waiting...........but i want test matches between PK and ind

  • on July 16, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    favourite india will easily swipe away the series or both................but any way all the best to both the teams............

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Great news. This gives us the impression India might tour Pakistan some time next year as well. And I hope Pakistan wins this series! :D

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Nice to hear Indo-Pak the resumption of bi-lateral series and hope that sports is not mixed with politics and the game can continue to enjoy the status it deserves.

  • ejsiddiqui on July 16, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Thats a great news, Although we lost but I can't forget the intensity of 2011 Semi Final. As suggested by "RajaDinakaran" it is really the Mother of all cricket rivalries.

  • Hafeez_Malik on July 16, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Report­s state the tour will consis­t of three ODI matche­s, PCB yet to receiv­e offici­al invita­tion.

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Great n positive news about cricket n both nation

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Finally India got another chance to beat pakistan.. Waiting for the series

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    ind-pak series wow we love 2 watch india & pakistan match...waiting the december........its very good move.............

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Two tests instead should have been ideal followed by a a tri-one day series on involving Eng, Ind, Pak would have been a better arrangement rather than sqeezing in 3 one-dayers. That would have given English guys a short break to visit their families during Christmas and Ind-Pak newer generation players better test match experience.

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Grand spectacle awaits us!

  • jasonpete on July 16, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    @bmike,it's a wonderful news.No more boring matches played between india and srilanka.srilanka never win matches in india.pakistan is a very good team.Both will play competitive cricket.good luck.

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    yyYYOOOOoOOoOO.......!!!!!!!

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    now plss include Md Amir in pakistan team .world cricket lover missing this great talent!!

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Sport and politics are mutually exclusive and they need to be kept separate. I don't understand why cricketing ties have been shelved at all in the first place! Now PCB is making a sensible offer of willing to host a full 'home' series at a neutral venue. The BCCI should be lapping at this opportunity by agreeing to one of the neutral venues - UAE (Dubai, Sharjah), Canada (Toronto), USA (Florida) or Singapore. It is a huge financial bonanza for both the boards because of the presence of a strong expatriate Indians & Pakistanis in these places and the two boards should exploit this. Also, Tests should be played at these neutral venues. India's home series of course will be played in India - but again why not a full series? The cricket fan has been denied of an opportunity to enjoy the arch rivals in action for a while now and that doesn't do anybody any good. The Indo-Pak games will offer the boards to globalize the game further which the ICC is pushing for.

  • mathewjohn2176 on July 16, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Posted by bMike on (July 16 2012, 10:18 AM GMT),Its a good news.No boring matches between India and srilanka,where india wins most of the time.Looking forward to watch this series It's always good to watch Pakistan vs India matches.cant wait...

  • RajaDinakaran on July 16, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Mother of all rivalry is Back...

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    this is really gr8...shld happn asap

  • Rafelgibt on July 16, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    How this matches will be INTERNATIONAL as this tour is outside of ICC FTP tour????Can anybody kindly explain to me???As we remember that last month ICC didn't recognize T20 series in ZIM for the above mentioned reason........IND going to thrash PAK no doubt about that.........

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Welcome news for India Pakistan Cricket Fans world over. Cricket lovers in India are eagerly waiting for Pakistani players. Hope the contest will be a close one as of late Pakistan are playing top class cricket and they will challenge India the most. This series is planning between England Tour of India so Indian Cricketers have to concentrate more for this series with neighbour, otherwise Pakistan will be a runway winner. India and Pakistan are having some wonderful players so the series will closely followed.

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    waw superb: news we all have funn ..............:)

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    BEST OF LUCK

    SUCH GOOD THINKING ABOUT BOTH NATION...........

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Great... Pak vs India is better than World cup...

  • AkaChidz on July 16, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    i am regular guest user of cricinfo. but this news made me force to comment here..:D

    Great news..hoping for cracking series between indo-pak. rival series at its best.. ;)

  • bMike on July 16, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Bad news for India :(. India will be whitewashed the tour as the same way they lost in England and Australia recently

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    pls include Pak players as well in the IPL. we can see real gud Cricket as pakistan have some very Gud 20 overs players.

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    This 3 ODI match series victory of India over Pakistan will for sure overshadow India's Dominant victory over England

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Finally! can't wait for december.

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Ind-Pak series always a delight to watch !

  • mohammedafif36 on July 16, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Awesome . welcome back pakistan. HISTORIC MOMENT.

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    That's-GOOD NEWS not only for CRICKET, but as well as for both the neighbouring countries. So in the coming IPL-2013 we will also see the Pakistani Cricketers involvment. Exactly! Bilateral Series either to be played in India or Pakistan which is fine than the Neutral Venues. It's only CRICKET which will improve severe ties between the 2/countries. POSITIVE ACTION by the Indian Authorities allowing BCCI to go ahead.

  • karthikeyantrk on July 16, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    That is great news. Eagerly waiting for the venues.

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    hmmm, Great ..............................................

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Wow, that's great news. Some T20s would have been more exiting..but its good that both countries are resuming bilateral ties.. Hope no barrier comes now.

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Should have been held in U.A.E

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Congratulation Pakistan and Indian Cricket board, Congratulation to cricket lovers !

  • Tufey_Fatos on July 16, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Its great to listen this news,hope all goes well =)

  • on July 16, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    thats great news for the million of fans on the both sides.. and around de world.....ajmal vs kohli..;-))

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    that is some news 4 cricket crazy fans of both countries..................

  • ashwinkumargousundaragiri on July 16, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    Thank you so much we are waiting come soon.... i'm really so happy for this series and i'm wiating to see this series and so really thank to bcci board members and i request to paly more odi series with pakistan team... so once agian thank you so much :)

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    wowww i m 2 much excited know i m waiting 4 the matches

  • Stark62 on July 16, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Oh well, better than nothing!

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    Thank God... i was waiting so long for this series..... Love it every second.... :D

  • Hafeez_Malik on July 16, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    wonderfull devlopment, BTW nothing is final untill it is finally done. This is sorry nature of cricketing ties between these countries.

  • zain-gee on July 16, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Ice Breaking News ! Keep same pace of cricketing ties.

  • sameer997 on July 16, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Thank God, cant wait for it now

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    Can't we have December before August this year :)

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Great News. Would book my tickets for the trip and the games to India InshaAllah as soon as the schedule comes out!

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    great news for pakistani fans...

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Wow!! this is Gr88888888888888888888888888888888888888888888

  • Rakim on July 16, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Sweet! I hope this series make future series possible and bring positive vibe in region :) [Kudos to PCB/BCCI!!]

  • farhankhan30june on July 16, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Great news,,and great step for the betterment of cricket.

  • JamalN on July 16, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Good to see this but why in india??? Why is it always in india??? I would really like to see this in a more neutral location....

  • davidallan on July 16, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Very good news after long time.

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Good news Thank GOD""""""

  • meck on July 16, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    at last the long long wait is over...will wait eagerly to see the matches...

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    will be a good series................................................

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Great!!!!!!!!! that will certainly bring more people to hot cricket ................. Best Of Luck Pakistan

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    It should have been a complete series that includes tests and t20's as well bt still a good step !!

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    wow, what a news, Hope it all ends peacefully

  • azmaftab on July 16, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    If it's Pakistan's turn ten why is India not "keen" to play at a neutral venue?! Ridiculous!

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Nice to hear, hope they will play test matches soon as well...

  • cricmahanty on July 16, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Great. I was just watching a few archive India-Pakistan matches on my computer the moment this news came. What a coincidence !

    Hope it doesn't create an overload on the Indian players who have a very busy home season.

  • bored_iam on July 16, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    THIS is a BLOCKBUSTER announcement and easily the best thing for subcontinental cricket as a whole: the revival of Indo-Pak cricket!

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Do we need this? From a cricketing point of view, Yes, but from my own personal point of view, a BIG NO.

  • i_witnessed_2011 on July 16, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    It is always good to see Ind-Pak series. I do not understand why they stop cricket when something -ve happens outside of the cricket world and I ALSO do not understand how it starts again when there are not any +ve developments taken place with regard to the situation which stopeed the series!!!....

  • Robtyson on July 16, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    Instead of playing against Pakistan, India should consider playing against Bangladesh. It'll atleast give a platform for Bangladesh players to hone their skills. I don't think people are dying to see India play against Pakistan.

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    great news !!!!!!! cricketing ties must resume

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Much Awaited Series <3 Wish You Best Of Luck Team Pakistan.

  • Sak-pakifan on July 16, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    There should be t20s

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    oooooooooo.....bang bang bang!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! here it is the very much awaited series between the arch Rivals India and Pakistan.........desperate to watch three very closely contested matches full of excitement and agony:) Best of luck to both teams and congratues to all the indo-pak fans

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Will be an interesting series to watch. As a Pakistani, I want to both teams to play in Pakistan. Instead of unsatisfactory circumstances, some places are safe and sound for Cricket. Govt. of Pakistan and PCB will provide high level security for the series. They should think about that.

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    *subject to government approval...???????? ha ha ha.....

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Albeit I wanted more of it but a short ODI series would also do the needful i.e., it will assure to restore the bilateral ties between the two countries. Good job BCCI and PCB! Well done! Looking forward to the contest between Ajmal and Tendulkar, Afridi and Gambhir, Gul and Sehwag.

  • PricelessPak on July 16, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Wonderful news really!! Congrats to both PCB and BCCI, can't wait for it.

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Long time Comin................

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Good to see Indo Pak action..

  • Syed_imran_abbas on July 16, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    this is a news... good for both contries.. good for cricket.. i actaully wanted to see a test series..

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    This sounds very exciting :D

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    WOW.... It will be the first bilateral series between the two sides since Pakistan's tour of India in end-2007.

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    great news. cant wait for the series to begin. hope the Indian government gives permission.

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    It will be great series and will help in developing friendly relations between two countries..

  • on July 16, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    great to hear some positive news about cricket

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  • on July 16, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    great to hear some positive news about cricket

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    It will be great series and will help in developing friendly relations between two countries..

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    great news. cant wait for the series to begin. hope the Indian government gives permission.

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    WOW.... It will be the first bilateral series between the two sides since Pakistan's tour of India in end-2007.

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    This sounds very exciting :D

  • Syed_imran_abbas on July 16, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    this is a news... good for both contries.. good for cricket.. i actaully wanted to see a test series..

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Good to see Indo Pak action..

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Long time Comin................

  • PricelessPak on July 16, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Wonderful news really!! Congrats to both PCB and BCCI, can't wait for it.

  • on July 16, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Albeit I wanted more of it but a short ODI series would also do the needful i.e., it will assure to restore the bilateral ties between the two countries. Good job BCCI and PCB! Well done! Looking forward to the contest between Ajmal and Tendulkar, Afridi and Gambhir, Gul and Sehwag.