Pakistan in India 2012-13 October 30, 2012

India's home ministry clears Pakistan tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

India's home ministry has cleared a limited-overs tour by the Pakistan team, prompting the BCCI to say the tour "is on" at the end of the year. The clearance was given at a meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday between ministry officials and senior representatives of the BCCI - including its chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty, IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla and chief executive Sundar Raman.

"We have discussed all security aspects (and) the tour is on," Shukla told reporters after the meeting.

The tour - which now needs only a formal announcement by the two boards to be official - will comprise three ODIs and two Twenty20s at Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Bangalore. Pakistan are due to arrive on December 22 and Shukla said the tour would continue till January 7 but the detailed schedule is yet to be announced. However, there is little room for flexibility because the series is sandwiched between two legs of England's tour of India.

It will be the first bilateral series between the two sides since Pakistan toured India in end-2007, though they have met in multinational tournaments. Cricket ties between the two countries were snapped following the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai by militants from Pakistan.

The decision to play the series came after prolonged consultations between officials of the two boards - BCCI president N Srinivasan and PCB chief Zaka Ashraf had held several discussions this year regarding resumption of ties - and, latterly, of the two governments.

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 were 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 as they were apparently yet to recover from the financial loss suffered when India pulled out of their planned tour in 2009.

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  • Manesh on November 2, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover. If you won, its good cricket and if you lose its because of non-field agreement???? grow up dude...losers have excuses but you have excuses before the series itself!!!

  • imran on November 1, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    @m1991vicky...mate, have a look at younis, kamran, afridi, malik etc records against india, then u will know what i am talking about...younis n others had a bad game in d wc but that doesnt mean they will fail again, afridi scored a 50 against india in 2007 (d last time a bilateral series was played) n since then we have had only 1 game/yr which is not enough to determine which is d better team...i dont want to make any tall claims, i feel it will be a close contest, best of luck to both teams. Cheers

  • narsimha on November 1, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Now our pak bros are making tall claims , once the dust settles & thier team gets thorough beating we will see coments simalar to...... IND won becouse of no drs, pak loss the series of its own ind doesnt win , our minister might have influenced , bcci mony power , home piches dropcatches , & at the last not the least umiring blunders & so & so player played delebratly slowly, bad captaincy , blahh,,,,,,,,, as we have been seing those coments after every lose to iind.

  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    This is utterly shameful.

  • Wicky on November 1, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    My only concern is that matches should be decided on the playing field rather than some where else.If this z going to hapen,pak should continue its domination against india in india

  • Vignesh on November 1, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    @ David44: In one of ur comments, you said 'this aint a WC'...... I don't see another meaning for that than Ind will defeat Pak in WC........

  • Vignesh on November 1, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    @Heartbreakerz: U rely on players like Kamran, Malik and Younis(in ODIs)...... Come on....... Give me a break........ I don't remember the first two scoring well against any team in the world in the near past leave apart India........... As far as Younis Khan is concerned, I would certainly want him to play against India... It will be India's adv...... I can clearly remember his contribution in WC 2011 semis....Eating up the balls..... LOL....

  • Vignesh on November 1, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    @Heartbreakerz: I just said there is no such thing as form to players like Afridi..... When was the last time he scored well (Say greater than 70) against India in an ODI or T20.... I don't think it happened for about 6-7 years..... And u call this to be his favorite team...... I am only imaging what he would have scored against other teams then..... OMG..... He is much poorer in that case then........

  • Munib on November 1, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    I have to agree with jalebi_bai, seems a hastily put together series for the sake of having a series. Niether side can benefit much from it (except more income for the BCCI). Cricket fans from both nations would rather see a full series with Test matches and ODIs - we've already been through a lot of T20 and have more coming up, so fans dont really need it. Would like to see some Test cricket between these two.

  • imran on November 1, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    @m1991vicky...indian team has a reputation of bringing opposition players back in afridi has a very good chance to get some runs against his fav team...n apart from afridi pak also have malik, kamran, younis who hav always tormented india in d india beware of them

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