Pakistan in India 2012-13 October 30, 2012

India's home ministry clears Pakistan tour

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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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  • Fast_Track_Bully 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!!!

  • heartbreakerz 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

  • g.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.

  • on November 1, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    This is utterly shameful.

  • WickyRoy.paklover 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

  • m1991vicky 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........

  • m1991vicky 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....

  • m1991vicky 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........

  • munibkhan 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.

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

    @m1991vicky...indian team has a reputation of bringing opposition players back in form...so 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 past...so india beware of them

  • Fast_Track_Bully 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!!!

  • heartbreakerz 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

  • g.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.

  • on November 1, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    This is utterly shameful.

  • WickyRoy.paklover 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

  • m1991vicky 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........

  • m1991vicky 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....

  • m1991vicky 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........

  • munibkhan 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.

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

    @m1991vicky...indian team has a reputation of bringing opposition players back in form...so 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 past...so india beware of them

  • david44 on November 1, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    @m1991vicky hold on bro where did you got that pak can never beat india in wc i never said that and never will accept it either, look under the current situation without mohammad aamir and asif and no int. cricket on homesoil pakistan did bloody well the only cricket team who went to all semi-finals in the last 6 ICC tournaments in my humble opinion that's a statement........as long as AFRIDI is concern his presence on the field only,will make any team think twice....lol

  • m1991vicky on October 31, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    @David44: U r accepting the fact that Pak can never beat India in a WC or any major tournament......... LOL...... Finally one truth by u....... Next comment...... Afridi reloaded????? Come on man..... He has been reloading for the past 10-15 years.... Even if he is in his so called 'Form' (The meaning of which neither he nor u know), he hardly manages one good innings....... LOL........

  • m1991vicky on October 31, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    @David44: U r accepting the fact that Pak can never beat India in a WC or any major tournament......... LOL...... Finally one truth by u....... Next comment...... Afridi reloaded????? Come on man..... He has been reloading for the past 10-15 years.... Even if he is in his so called 'Form' (The meaning of which neither he nor u know), he hardly manages one good innings....... LOL........

  • david44 on October 31, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    "afridi reloaded" want to see some fireworks

  • jalebi_bai on October 31, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    Not sure what the logic is behind organizing a series when India's schedule is so tight already. We saw what happened in England when half the team was injured or burnt out because of having played way too much cricket. At the very least BCCI could have ensured that there's not too much traveling involved this time - right now the team will have to criss-cross the entire length of the country several times within a week to play these 4-5matches !!

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on October 31, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover ya man, I think bowlers everywhere in the world should learn from Asif, Amir etc. on how to bowl, especially with foot beyond the line, or from Ajmal, Hafeez etc on how to bowl with bent arm.

  • dmqi on October 31, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    If Pakistan comes with the same T20 team that played in srilanka, they will be poorly beaten. They need to have good batsmen, not hit or miss players. 3-0 loss by Pak is not out of question in ODI. In T20, they may have some chance as it is an unpredictable game. A good decision to play the matches for the spectators.

  • t20cric on October 31, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    This will be a very entertaining series just like all the other pak vs ind matches. It'll be even better if Pakistan doesn't choke when facing India like they did in asia cup and world t20 where they hadn't lost until they faced India. If Pakistan can get over their physciological mind set of being scared of India then this wont be a one sided series.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 31, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    @rajesh india,agreed! Dhoni would take 10 wickets ,whil other go will go wicketles at more than 8 rpo,pak would post a target in exces of 350,india would fail to scor 200 in reply,lolz,come on! Game on here

  • asiacricket1234 on October 31, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    There are people who pointed at my comment and asked me if I know who won most of the matches in India vs Pakistan contest. Yes I do and I know Pak won more matches than India but that happened in past. In recent years Pakistan has not been as good as India and lost most the matched played against them. Im not saying Pak is a bad team but India is better and at home India has always been a tough team to beat for any team. Thus i said I'll be shocked if India doesnt whitewash Pakistan :)

  • on October 31, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    nice to see a series between arch rival after such a long time.

  • tturk on October 31, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    @Suresh Gopalakrishnan they are doing it for the true cricket fans, if u are one then u will be very excited by the idea, but iu guess your not. they are doing it because wheterher you are indian pakistani or any nationality then you love india pak games unlike u. you are one of those haters who dont really like the cricket

  • on October 31, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    After begging INDIA so many years for a series,pakistan got a chance to play in india.India finally agrees!!!!!India will pack off pakistan.

  • MAK123 on October 31, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Result in advance: ODIs - India 2: 1 Pakistan...T20Is - India 1:1 Pakistan........Anything less than that would not be acceptable to India as far as this deal is concerned :-)))

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 31, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    @khankhawari. Funny to see that you forgot Asiacup and all other matches between India-Pak other than WC!

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on October 31, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    @wickyroy.paklover Time for dhoni to take 10 wickets like once kumble did against these hapless side....

  • on October 31, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Not "so wise a decision", .....and at what cost ? for what and whom ? Not many will like this idea...I am sure...

  • on October 31, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Guys grow up...just celebrate and enjoy the mother of all competitions :) ashes is nothing in front of INDO-PAK competition..this is huge man

  • on October 31, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    This is good, I think the ultimate winner here will be us the eager crowd waiting for somereal good cricket! Forget India wins or Pakistan wins, just enjoy the game and support your teams!

  • on October 31, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Good to see the start of cricket n i pray this goes a long way in friendly bilateral relatiins solving all pending issues to make world a peaceful place n make the region the economic hub for the world

  • guptahitesh4u on October 31, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    I think BCCI should go one step further, cancel the limited over series with England and turn the series with Pak into a 3 match test series !!!

  • satish619chandar on October 31, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    What ever may the history say, it is the team that plays better on the given day that will win the game and not the other way.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on October 31, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    If this was pakistan's series then why can't they play on neutral vanue?

  • on October 31, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    its just a game i dont knw why everyone is creating such a fuss njoy the game and indian fans should give respect to their opponents same goes for everyone

  • Syed_imran_abbas on October 31, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Cmon guys dont fight just enjoy the success of cricket. Pakistan and india has rich cricekt history. I happy that its starting again..so should be every cricket lover. One team has to win and that we will find out on the day. I would have preferred a test series though.

  • on October 31, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Dear Pakistan,

    Welcome... Get thrashed.. Thanks for coming!

    With love, India

  • Samar_Singh on October 31, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    Oh nice, Its gonna be a good contest but i think India is marginally ahead than Pakistan, But Pak has got good bowlers to threaten Indian Batters..Problem with Pak team is their batting but India lack good bowlers.. Contest is balanced.. Looking forward..

  • CricketMaan on October 31, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Its a wonderful oppurtunity to play a brand new T20 XI for India under the leadership of Kholi. My XI would be Vijay, Dhawan, Kholi (c), Yuvi, Raina (vc), Tiwary, DK/Bisla/Ohja, I Pathan, Ashwin, Dinda, Umesh

  • timtom on October 31, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    No!!No!! NO!!!!No !!!!!!!

  • on October 31, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    domination of one on other is not likely good, all the indians and pakistanis are corrects but just seen this difference of thinking.

  • on October 31, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Dear Ravi Kiran, you are right that Pak have not won any of three matchs against India since 2009. But to make your record correct, Ind and Pak and have taken on each other 43 times in ODI matches since 2003 in which Pak got triumph in 21 matches and Ind in 20. So still the team green is ahead. If you take a look at all ODIs played between these two teams. Pak have won 69 and Ind 48. So keep your patriotism aside and be realistic. Instead of demonstrating nationalism we should enjoy cricket and let's not be personal. Cheers!

  • on October 31, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Head to head in t20 - INDIA -3, PAKISTAN -0

  • on October 31, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    To pak fans, yes U were once giving India a hard time ever since that last ball six of miandad. But since 2003 wc India have an upper hand against Pakistan. U guys haven't beaten us in an official cricket match since 2009.( warm up is not official or counted in records:))

  • heartbreakerz on October 31, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    to all d indian fans, its a very well known fact that pak has dominated india from d 50s to 90s...but in d last 10 yrs pak has declined n india has risen but still india is only marginally ahead on head to head terms(odis) in d last 10 yrs...since 2003 in odis its ind 18-16 pak...so its not that pak hasn't beaten india in d last decade, infact it has been a good contest in last 10 yrs than in d 80s and 90s when it was a 1-sided contest in favour of pak...so lets hope for another close series n may d better team win. Cheers

  • Naresh28 on October 31, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    YIPPEE - INDIA WIN THE ASIA WOMENS T20 CUP!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • m1991vicky on October 31, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    @ Babar Abbas Malik: Again u r dreaming mate...... LOL

  • khankhawari on October 31, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    IN LAST TEN YEARS INDIA WON 13 ODIS PAKISTAN WON 10 ODIS AND INDIA WON 5 TESTS PAKISTAN WON 4 TESTS> THIS IS IN BILATERAL SERIES BETWEEN THEM IN LAST TEN YEARS.PAKISTAN WILL LEVEL IT IN DECEMBER BY WINNING 3-0.

  • HumzaRafaqat on October 31, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    i hate these dramas,better to watch neutral cricket like ASHES

  • on October 31, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    FINNALLY!!!! people may say that india will thrash us and all that but look at the head to head record . no tests? BOOOOOOO!

  • HumzaRafaqat on October 31, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    It will be the CRICKET WIN,else it will be tight series which will be totally planned.3-2 or 2-3

  • vish57 on October 31, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    It is a game of cricket that will be played by India against Pakistan, after all countries are divided by geographical boundaries;Cricket between 2 countries are very popular and let us enjoy the sport and let better team win; let us not bring any other political/religious issues to demean the game to be played, all are human and every one has heart. Further I don't find BCCI being wrong in maximizing the revenue; when there is an opportunity for BCCI they are utilising the same, every country has 30 odd players with a good bench strength.Rotate the injured/tired players and play the best XI.

  • Pappu_bhai on October 31, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Will Pakistan Give atleast a fight to this all conquering Indian team?I doubt it...

  • g.narsimha on October 31, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    WICKYROYPAKLOVER-YAA we all seen in worldcup, asia cup matches yes i am sure GUL, WAHAAB WILL definatlly achieve century mark in conceding runs , just refresh u r memosy what happened in WC, ASIA CUP to these useless over hyped .

  • matchfixerpkn on October 31, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    WickyRoy.paklover..haha yoiru joking !!i expect afridi to maintain his zero king record in this series by scoring 5 big zeroes!!inshaa allah afridi will give another excuse as he did after loosing in mohali..

  • getsetgopk on October 31, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    You have to play me in my backyard, so I can have maximum chance of winning and make my daddy proud of me, Whats wrong with UAE? If sharjah is giving you guys that much of a heartbreak there are still two other venues. So much for fair play and yeah bravery! Way to go Indians.

  • on October 31, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Good to see cricket between two countries ... best of luck!

    All barkers - please get a life! this is a game.

    BCCI - I expect you guys to prepare fair pitches so that we see quality cricket ... rather than flat pitches to support your batsmen.

    ICC - you should think of the sport and advice BCCI to prepare fair pitches to get quality cricket.

    Thanks, Shuaib Malik

  • on October 31, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Some Pakistani fans have been over-looking their record against India in past 10 years by stating the overall Head to head record. It will be a highly competitive series with India starting as favourites, but ultimately Cricket will win!

  • khankhawari on October 31, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    PAKIASTAN IN TEST SERIES AGAINST INDIA PAKISTAN WON 5 INDIA WON 4 AND IN ODI SERIES PAKISTAN WON 10 INDIA 5 ITS NOT ABOUT WINNING THE MATCHES IN WORLD CUP WHAT HAPPEND IN BETWEEN THOSE WORLD CUPS IS TOTAL HAMMERING BY PAKISTAN.INDIA WILL HAVE TO WAIT TILL 2014 WORLD CUP TO BEAT PAKISTAN AGAIN.THIS TIME IT IS NOT THE WORLD CUP

  • on October 31, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    THUMBS UP WUD BE A THRILLING SERIES.................!!!

  • just_chill_chill on October 31, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    Indians made it clear they are not interested in playing us. Why we keep asking them shamelessly to play us???

  • on October 31, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    T20s suck. Why not Test matches and why not play PAK at neutral venues? I loved the recent Test series (Jan 2012) between Eng vs Pak at UAE!! It was far more entertaining! Players feel safe, audience is safe, TV channels are happy, boards are happy... why does BCCI crib?? I would like INDIA playing Test matches at UAE or Canada or Florida (USA) against PAK, AUS and ENG. BCCI are u hearing??

  • SamRoy on October 31, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    @AnotherCricketer Similar sentiments. I am a Bharatiya (so obviously a fan of Indian team) but I love to watch the talent in the Pakistan team except Kamran Akmal's keeping and Afridi's batting. Rest are naturally talented (in fact Pakistan is the most naturally talented cricket team in the world and West Indies and India are second and third) and I love to watch talented cricketers (so I hate Yusuf Pathan and Ravindra Jadeja. I like Irfan Pathan a lot though.).

  • dariuscorny on October 31, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover given the recent record of Pak against IND you must refrain urself from posting comments like these.i thought pak wer bowled out for 120 odd against this weak bowling line up in SL t20 wc.....and were mauled convincingly

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 31, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    financially Pakistan win gain something but game-wise no chance. Total failure waiting for them. Look at the recent results to see where the teams are standing.

  • Porky_PigTheToon on October 31, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    It seems some of the Pak fans still living in past glory of Pak team. Guys, Akram, Waqar, Imran and Inzy have retired. Nowadays, Pak don't produce fast bowlers either. Most of the Batsmen except Jamshed (and Umar to some extent) are technically incorrect; All they know is slogging and nothing else. All Pak have is a 35 year old Ajmal who himself looks ineffective against likes of Kohli and already on the verge of retirement and might even retire after this series. Good chance for some of the Ind batsmen to regain lost form Sehwag in particular, who loves scoring heavily against Pak bowlers. Still can't forget his 300+ in Multan, which ended the careers of some of Pak bowlers like Saqlin and Shabbir. I wish, A test series was planned instead of ODIS and T-20s. Good luck to both teams.

  • Crick_Expert on October 31, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    PAK vs IND cricket matches will be great events for cricket lovers. Million of cricket fans from both countries will see great heros in action. IND should also send their cricket team to PAK as well.

  • TheTraveller on October 31, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Pak Bowlers be ready to taste heavy sticks of Indian Batsman.

  • NaduLal on October 31, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    It would be interesting series. Tendulkar and Shewag are at the twilight of their career. Dhoni seems to be tired. Umar Gul and Afridi out of form. Misbah not getting any younger. Players to watch are Raina, Virat, Zak, and Pathan from India. Nasir Jamshed, Umer Akmal, Junaid khan, Sohail tanveer, and professor from Pakistan.. Seems like younger lot will decide the fate of the series. It will be lots of FUN!!! Bring it on!

  • anver777 on October 31, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    Great great news for cricket lovers !!!! Ind & Pak clash is always a prestige game, its a kind of a Ashes Battle of Asia.... love to see this battle very frequently !!!!

  • on October 31, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Why this urgent planning? Allow the Indian and Pak players to spend time with their families for Christmas and New Year.

  • sumit176 on October 31, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    pcb saved from getting bankrupt....rofl

  • Suganth.T on October 31, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    Hope it will be an another Milestone in Two Nation Bilateral Relationship.

  • coolitbaby on October 31, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    @golgoal Agreed completely. There's just no freaking way India should be playing Pakistan. Just does not make any sense to the common man on the streets of India. Just make them wait and pleading with us as usual. @WickyRoy.paklover You are talking nonsense again. Pak team are world renowned for choking in pressure situation, as has been sen time and again. This time will be no different. I am sure that after the end of the series you will not be seen anywhere near these forums.

  • varunrallapalli on October 31, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    I am devastated that it is only a limited overs tour, if time was a factor they could have arranged for a two test series and a T20. All BCCI wants to earn is more and more money by staging matches with arch-rivals. Test cricket is the real test of character. At a time when all cricketing nations are rooting for test matches, sub-continental teams are more affiliated to limited overs cricket. Hope they would learn from Australia,South Africa and England.

  • on October 31, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    @1991vicky....First India will be beaten by England....and than...Pak will teach them the lesson....i think u forgot what india achieve in Eng & Aus......grow up kid

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 31, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    @Rajesh india,Gillespie chose bangla team to score his double ton,i think gull,wahab riaz must give a serious thought to score atleast a ton each against indian bowling along kamran,nasir,malik,afridi.AND THERE Z EVRY CHANCE OF IT.IF PAK BATSMEN WANT TO BOAST UP Their average,PCB SHOULD ORGANISE ATLEAST TEN ODI MATCHES DURING A CALENDAR Year,AGAINST INDIA.

  • golgoal on October 31, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    This is just nonsense. People of India have already made it clear that India should not be playing Pakistan ever again - what's the problem with BCCI? It' time for all to boycott this series so that BCCI comes back to it's senses. This is just high-handedness and arrogance from BCCI.

  • cricfan38 on October 31, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    want to see a repeat of mohali drubbing by afridi....lol, wish Mohammad Aamir was playing

  • aaaa2aa on October 31, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    A good chance for Afridi to silence his critics wanna see a repeat of dat mohali mauling

  • cricfan38 on October 31, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    @indianpunjabi what a big joke india lost twice against kenya

  • jagatr on October 31, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    Ugh...more ODI's. I'd like to see a 5 Test + 3 ODI + 2 T-20 series....OK, I'll settle for a 3 Test + 3 ODI + 5 T-20 series :)

  • david44 on October 31, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    @1991vicky make sure your backyard is clean when we arrive don't want to hear any excuses of green tops or flat tops from that flat pitch bully of yours when we trash you all over the ball park remember aint a world cup

  • fanfromcanada on October 30, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    India-Pak cricket resumes yet again - which issues, for which the cricket was stopped after 26/11, have been resolved? The matter has cooled down sufficiently it seems....

  • markatnotts on October 30, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    Whenever it is, an Englishman I am looking forward to seeing it on Sky TV hopefully. An excellent rivalry that will I am sure be played out in good spirit.

  • m1991vicky on October 30, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    @Babar Abbas Malik : There is no harm in dreaming...... But there is an extent..... We have already seen Pakistan's potential over the past decade or so...... Can't win a single match in major tournaments....... Remember Virat Kohli single handedly destroying the 'World class' Pakistan bowling line up.....

    It is a known fact that Pakistan's bowling is better than India's on any day....... But Indian batsmen can demolish that bowling no matter what.......

  • on October 30, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    @Indianpunjabi.. "India never lost to an associate team"... either your memory is very weak or you are refusing to accept the facts.. India has lost 2 ODIs to Kenya in 1998 and 2001, which is an associate, i dont think any big team has lost 2 matches to kenya.

  • ak_dragon on October 30, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    Asian Version of ASHES..!

  • on October 30, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    Pakistan Visiting India....Will be Fun series....if Pakistan played to its potential than ....It will be whitewash for india

  • on October 30, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    i would just like to know what say the IPL chairman has in this. Its got nothing to do with the IPL. Its not like its being scheduled right next to an IPL or a champions league so whats he got to say.

  • kc69 on October 30, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    Time to better the overall record boys.Someone said Pak has a better record than India but that was when they had a better team.Now Indian team looks stronger than Pakistan on overall strength.

  • on October 30, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    well being an Indian i'm very happt that we get to play Pakistan...however since many are predicting the outcomes already let me tell you ODI will be easy thing for India(Even if there were test matches i would have bet on India) but T20 will be tough as Pakistan play well in T20 format.

  • Indianpunjabi on October 30, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    @Ahmad Warraich- LOL Joke of the Century...Pakistan never lost to weak teams in past ? Then Who Knocked Inzamam's Pakistan out of 2007 World Cup from 1st Round ?? yeah it was an associate team Name Ireland....India never lost to a Associate Team

  • on October 30, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Wonderful News. Cricket and Other Sports will eventually bring people together, it will help resolve other issues. I hope they never severe sporting and cultural ties. I hope Pakistan kick Indians on Indian soil, it would be wonderful.

  • maddy20 on October 30, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover Your statement is ill-advised considering the fact we have whipped you in Worldcup, Asia Cup and the latest Wt20. The current Pakistani team is not as strong as its used to be, but I would not make wild predictions like yourself and will just look to enjoy some high intensity cricket!

  • on October 30, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    it really would be naive to label Pakistan an ordinary team after how wonderfully they picked themselves up and got into the semis of the 2011 WC.thats no fluke especially when they were placed in a tougher group.as far as the minnows are concerned,Pakistan hasnt lost to bangladesh since 1999 when all the other full members have lost to them after 1999.Pakistan is yet to break the jinx of not having won against india in a WC match but the pressure obviously isnt the same in bilateral series or other tournaments.they also have to go back on their strength on playing young fast bowlers to surprise india.so yes india are favourites but its not going to be one way traffic.as far as the security situation in Pakistan is concerned,there's absolutely no problem in having foreign teams playing in Pakistan.i can understand how terrible things can be made to look on the news channels but all test playing nations including india wont face any dangers playing in Pakistan.

  • on October 30, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    i feel that a tour of pakistan is unnessary at this juncture as team india is already in a tight shedule with england and australia playing one after other. it will be appprapriate if the pakistanis series is after the tour of australia. between tests and odis vs emg;and players need rest. hence at this juncture pakistan tour is unneccesary. bcci should give athought to this.

  • on October 30, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    please shall more test playing

  • on October 30, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    @Smith Robertson. Weak teams have challenged PK in the recent past but India has been Beaten by weak sides,like they were beaten by BD in Asia cup.So INdia has a bigger reason to worry.PK has been struggling,yes. What about India's struggle on foreign soils, two back to back white washes.

  • on October 30, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    awesome! should be fun!! Can't wait!

  • sweetspot on October 30, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    @Shah Muddassir - I don't think the Pak team will be under that sort of pressure as it happens in ICC tournaments due to India's freakish streak of being unbeaten against them. This will be much more enjoyable and I fully expect Pakistan to put up a good show, even though I am a fan of Indian cricket. To those kicking up this rivalry - The old days of Indo-Pak rivalry are gone, my friends on both sides! The relations between the teams are very friendly and I think both will be genuinely excited about the cricket they are going to play. I personally, don't want to see a one-sided series, that's all.

  • Weqas Ali on October 30, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Love to see Pakistan India Match played on any venue... But ok if India has some security issues and they dont want to come to pakistan make sense but why not on neutral venue as it should be a pakistan home series thats not fair anyway its ok we love to watch cricket between these two and if its not in pakistan then in any part of the world is not big issue for us. but these comments from indians on this article is pathetic... Come on man why do you ppl are so much narrow minded... Umer Gul, Afridi Saeeda Ajmal Minnow bowlers?????? You ppl couldnt reach to semi final we did so we are a better team simple and look at to the below poor performance of IPL teams in this recent champions league....

  • Omarrz on October 30, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Posted by asiacricket1234 on (October 30 2012, 13:03 PM GMT) I'll be shocked if India fail to whitewash them. beating India at home is almost impossible for Pakistan

    Pakistan has won more matches against India in India. I think Pakistan has the best win loss ratio in India amongst all teams.

  • on October 30, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    its gonna be the best of cricket, best of luck PAK______

  • Indianpunjabi on October 30, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Great....It Will Be Great Batting Practice For Kohli,Sachin,Sehwag,Dhoni,Yuvraj and Raina Ahead of Crucial ODI Series Against England and Australia...Kohli and Sehwag Must Be Licking his Lips For Some Easy Runs Against Those Minnow Bowlers Just Like They showed in T20 World Cup Super 8 Against Them

  • Suryawanshi_ on October 30, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Too bad, Cricket relationships are normalized before other core issues are resolved. This way it is unsustainable, its only a matter of the next incident happening and the relationship will go cold again.

  • Baber_Baloch on October 30, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    good news but some guys saying indain team need rest ,player need some not this series ,,yes indain team need series to play like CT20 League,,,where nothing they got ,,,always it,s great movement game between pak vs inda then why people have still same mind.

  • on October 30, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    India should avoid going to Pakistan.. not yet...

  • on October 30, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Pakistan are an ordinary team with old players. Realistically India will crush them like usual over the past 2 years or so. Even weak teams like Zimbabwe or Bangladesh or even Canada after what happened in 2011 World Cup can give them a challenge and Pakistan cannot beat them comprehensively anymore.

  • saj_92 on October 30, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    @asiacricket1234 have u seen head to head matches they have played cleary not lol pk has won more matches hahahahah

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on October 30, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    @wikiroy.paklover time for all indian bowlers including keeper to take loads of wickets against all pakistani batsman....:))

  • bunts_manish on October 30, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Wow ..... Thts great ..... Good to c .... Pakistan in Indian soil after long time .... Make me remember akhtar bowling sachin @ Eden, hope we get to c all the best players on the field from both the sides, Indo - Pak and that TRUE during new year, hope we survive 21-12-12 deadline.

  • AnotherCricketer on October 30, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Way to go. I am Pak fan, but I love to watch the talent on the Indian side. Tiger Yuvraj is in the form of his life and I couldn't be happier for his personal well being after overcoming the health scare. Irfan is doing well. The two teams fight tooth and nail to the finish. It matters less who wins. This is as good as the cricket gets when the two sides meet. --Pak fan

  • on October 30, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Any thing in cricket world is less than IND VS PAK series. we WARMLY WELCOME PAKISTAN TO INDIA. personally i think this series gives opportunity to both teams to improve and kick out players from team with weak heart

  • on October 30, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    nothing is interesting then pak vs india match

  • INDIA_DO_ONE on October 30, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    all these indians talking about hammering Pak

    A little lesson in history

    Head to head:

    ODI - 81 Vs 59 to PK Tests - 12 Vs 9 to PK

    @Rajesh_india_1990 - although it was before you were born care to make a guess as to which nation beat the other in their back garden first?

  • rahulcricket007 on October 30, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    I THINK FEW INDIAN PLAYERS WILL EITHER BE INJURED OR WILL TAKE REST AFTER 4 TEST MATCH AGAINST ENGLAND . THE PLAYERS MAY BE SEHWAG , YUVRAJ (IF HE PLAYS) , ZAHEER , DHONI (GUY NEEDS REST ) .

  • yuvi_san1 on October 30, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Cricket fans will be in cloud nine after hearing this tournament fixtures :) Hope the Cricket boards negotiate to conduct test series, it will be a double treat for fans :) :)

  • PAKISTANiLive on October 30, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Will be a great series, Insha Allah Pak will win!

  • on October 30, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Glad to know that the attempts of revival of cricket between 2 of the biggest rivals in cricket, India and Pakistan, has been successful. The crowds will be huge to watch the 2 countries take on each other. Just hope nothing goes wrong. Wish it was a full tour with Test matches as well but due to India's packed schedule, it isn't possible. Still, the ODIs and T20s will be something to look forward too.

  • Arrow011 on October 30, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    It will be best if India - Pakistan play in an ashes model like 5 tests, 5 ODIs in home & away every 2 years. Venues being in India & Pakistan's home in Sharjah.

  • S-A-M-1994 on October 30, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    C'mon Play Test Matches Againt each other :(

  • mariner1628 on October 30, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    This will be a good tour in my opinion but comment should be deleted from above that militants from pakistan as no proof is there uptill now but here anybody can write whatever he thinks is right which is sometimes mistaken as freedom of speech.

  • Rajputraza on October 30, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Good for cricket. Congratulations to every cricket lover. Please don't talk about tharshings yet.

  • on October 30, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    nope. shouldn't happen.if you gotta play pakistan, do it in dubai. politics getting into decision making.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 30, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    @asiacricket1234,IND WHITWASHING PAK Z AS UNLIKELY AS BANGLA Beating windies,lets wait n see

  • on October 30, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Good news but not great i would rather see an India Pakistan test series than an odi one.They should actually do the Ashes version 5 test series every two years Home and away it would be awesome

  • on October 30, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    is this right or not.....

  • on October 30, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Finally! We get to face the Indian team consistently, instead of playing at random in international tournaments.

  • on October 30, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    our players need rest...rather dan dis tournament !!

  • LittleFinger on October 30, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    @yogsingh - athletes got nothing to do with cricket either. Look at how fat / unfit Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj singh, Zaheer Khan etc. are. Most cricketers are not athletes. At least not the subcontinental ones.

  • StatisticsRocks on October 30, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    All we want is a good series with spotsman spirit at it's highest. Dont care who thrashes who. Important thing is the resumption of cricketing ties between these biggest rivals. World Criciket needs this. I hope to see test series in the very near future.

  • BloodBeat on October 30, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    WHY do people always compare THIS rivalry to the one between England and Austrailia?THIS series is gonna be "Mind Blowing":-)

  • on October 30, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    So, cricket is gonna be alive again. Hope govts on both sides understand that sports and arts has nothing to do with Politics.

  • azhar44 on October 30, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    like to see test cricket between the rivals

  • on October 30, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    waiting for another pakistan team drop their heads down after losing to Team INDIA..

  • Ahsan-cric-freak on October 30, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    if india's home ministry had gone on to reject pak from welcoming us, we pakistanis would have surely boycotted this bilateral series in the future! S.M.Ahsan

  • on October 30, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Very good news. Pakistan cricketers will be add glitters for IPL.

  • Gurram on October 30, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    ICC WORLD T 20 +PLUS CLT20 <<<<<< LESS THAN "IND VS PAK", actually no comparison at all, Ind vs Pak is cricket, everything else is bingo.

  • snbirdi on October 30, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    I love how BCCI's "venue rotation policy" somehow, magically always has Chennai and Bangalore. How about Mohali? Atleast for a Pakistan series, hold one match in Punjab.

  • on October 30, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Cricket should not be politicised.

  • asiacricket1234 on October 30, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    I'll be shocked if India fail to whitewash them. beating India at home is almost impossible for Pakistan

  • on October 30, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Thank you so much bcci we are so happy :)

  • on October 30, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    it is a very crunch series for both neghibour country the pepole r wating for this cracking seriesnd indians r wating for their badla in icc 20 world cup

  • CricketMaan on October 30, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    One thing for sure...passions and emotions will run high in this forum and bashings too!!

  • Syed_imran_abbas on October 30, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    I would have preferred a test series. As is think apkistan test team is more settled than odi''s and t20 aprat from their fast bowling department. anyways I am looking forward to it. Its a good news for cricket fans.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on October 30, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Great chance for Afridi to get some form back n he wouldn't find any oposition beter than india to serve his purpose,malik,kamran should show their "TRADITIONAL"KILER INSTINCT AGAINST THEIR FAVOURITE OPOSITION.

  • on October 30, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    good luck to both teams..shud see good spirit from both sides..

  • ganirules on October 30, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Ind Vs Pak would be a bit boring without Akthar

  • sm_imranshah on October 30, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Pakistan to give away this series to thank India for allowing them to play in India. As its always been the case in Pakistan. This will never change.

  • on October 30, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    good news for every one

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on October 30, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Yet another round of meaningless short form 50/20 slogfest on feather-beds .Any which way chance for a few Pak players to impress and win themselves a healthy $$-IPL contract for Season 2013 given that the series likely to have fair amt of interest.Saeed 'doosra' Ajmal-spinner no.1-should already be the hottest pick..... surely.

  • TSJ07 on October 30, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Great news for genuine cricket fans.As an Indian fan I have always wanted to see both teams playing with each other.Its a great sight to watch both teams play.Also they should not just play to win the matches but also the hearts of millions of fans all over the world.

  • on October 30, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    although i am Pakistani but i still believe that Pak stands no chance of winning a single match of the tour....we are a good team but India is stronger than us.....plus the main problem with our team is the psychological factor.....currently our team is in a very negative mind set when playing against India....if we can defeat our negative state of mind only then we will be able to defeat India...PCB is looking for good coaches but they should also look for a good sports psychologist...still best wishes for the Pakistani team..hope we will win INSHALLAH...ameen

  • masoodali150 on October 30, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    No matter anyone win or loss the match but cricket will win. Plz do not connect politics with Cricket. Love to watch both teams in action. Cricket Match one of the fruitful source to combine the nations. Being Pakistani, Best of luck team Pakistan.

  • on October 30, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Good news and get cracking.

  • Makkered on October 30, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Why do we need Pak Team here... Sports is sports i can understand, will never forget the underground diplomacy....

  • abhyudayj on October 30, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    TEST MATCHES SHOULD BE SCHEDULED INSTEAD OF ODIS AND TWENTY20S

  • Tmalik on October 30, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    So finally Pakistan making mistake by visiting India, how fair the results would be i am not sure. But I wish PCB and Pak Govt had asked india to visit Pakistan which would have had much better look. India or Sri Lanka are the only teams help Pakistan revive cricket in Pak and there is no threat to any players, I am sure PCB has learnt lessons and security arrangements would not be only on papers going forward, play more games in Karachi & Islamabad and i can bet there wont be any issue...........Again PCB showed there are hopeless bunch of guys running it....Pak shouldnt have toured India at all. I dont see fair results like we saw semi finals of WC2011 and the game before in India...

  • on October 30, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    India always loses at home against Pakistan no matter how weak team Pakistan has.

  • bharatputra83 on October 30, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Wrong move. Pakistan has done nothing post 26/11 Mumbai terror attack to bring the culprits to book. The cricketing ties went sour for this reason and nothing has changed since then to warrant this. I expect stiff resistance to this move when it is time for the series. As a cricket lover, I am happy, but as a nationalist, I am disappointed.

  • on October 30, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Go Pakistan Go.............. We are with you and we all hope that you will win and beat India at its home.......

  • roversgate on October 30, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    So after the champions league, India rush off to play South Africa and then rush back to host Pakistan? A bit cramped isn't it? Like the idea, why couldnt they have ti earlier. If the Australia-India series gets done in the first half of the year, they can host Pakistan before the champions league (ugh get rid of this already).

  • yogsingh on October 30, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Good news , I hope this happens once or twice in a year( no overkill ) in India or at a neutral venue . Athletes got nothing to do with politics .

  • PAKISTANiLive on October 30, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Waiting for the big one!

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on October 30, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Huge thrashing is available on the cards for pakistan..

  • on October 30, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Go my pakistan to beat India, always love team Pakistan

  • on October 30, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    there should also be some test matches in the tour..it would be great to see the biggest rivals in world cricket in action against each other..

  • JeetRao on October 30, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    It's good for both teams and fans to have a series like that. It would be better if there were Tests instead of ODIs.

  • joseyesu on October 30, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Atlast it is Ind vs Pak series, CRACKER

  • on October 30, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Excellent news for cricket lovers...

  • on October 30, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    its a good sign to see india and pakistan face each other again head to head and i hope in the future they continue these kind of series maybe next time india will tour pakistan :) who knows

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  • on October 30, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    its a good sign to see india and pakistan face each other again head to head and i hope in the future they continue these kind of series maybe next time india will tour pakistan :) who knows

  • on October 30, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Excellent news for cricket lovers...

  • joseyesu on October 30, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Atlast it is Ind vs Pak series, CRACKER

  • JeetRao on October 30, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    It's good for both teams and fans to have a series like that. It would be better if there were Tests instead of ODIs.

  • on October 30, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    there should also be some test matches in the tour..it would be great to see the biggest rivals in world cricket in action against each other..

  • on October 30, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Go my pakistan to beat India, always love team Pakistan

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on October 30, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Huge thrashing is available on the cards for pakistan..

  • PAKISTANiLive on October 30, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Waiting for the big one!

  • yogsingh on October 30, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Good news , I hope this happens once or twice in a year( no overkill ) in India or at a neutral venue . Athletes got nothing to do with politics .

  • roversgate on October 30, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    So after the champions league, India rush off to play South Africa and then rush back to host Pakistan? A bit cramped isn't it? Like the idea, why couldnt they have ti earlier. If the Australia-India series gets done in the first half of the year, they can host Pakistan before the champions league (ugh get rid of this already).