Pakistan in India 2012-13

India's home ministry clears Pakistan tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

October 30, 2012

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Misbah-ul-Haq scored a typically doughty half-century but it wasn't enough for Pakistan, India v Pakistan, 2nd semi-final, World Cup 2011, Mohali, March 30, 2011
This will be the first bilateral series between the two sides since Pakistan toured India in end-2007 © AFP

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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Posted by 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!!!

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (November 1, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

This is utterly shameful.

Posted by 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

Posted by 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........

Posted by 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....

Posted by 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........

Posted by 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.

Posted by heartbreakerz 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

Posted by 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 long as AFRIDI is concern his presence on the field only,will make any team think

Posted by 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........

Posted by 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........

Posted by david44 on (October 31, 2012, 22:24 GMT)

"afridi reloaded" want to see some fireworks

Posted by 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 !!

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by 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 :)

Posted by   on (October 31, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

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

Posted by 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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 :-)))

Posted by 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!

Posted by 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....

Posted by   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...

Posted by   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

Posted by   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!

Posted by   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

Posted by 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 !!!

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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?

Posted by   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

Posted by 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 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.

Posted by   on (October 31, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

Dear Pakistan,

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

With love, India

Posted by 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..

Posted by 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

Posted by timtom on (October 31, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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!

Posted by   on (October 31, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

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

Posted by   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:))

Posted by 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 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 lets hope for another close series n may d better team win. Cheers

Posted by Naresh28 on (October 31, 2012, 7:51 GMT)


Posted by m1991vicky on (October 31, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

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

Posted by khankhawari on (October 31, 2012, 7:19 GMT)


Posted by HumzaRafaqat on (October 31, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

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

Posted by   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!

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (October 31, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

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

Posted by 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 .

Posted by 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..

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by   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!

Posted by khankhawari on (October 31, 2012, 5:16 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 31, 2012, 5:09 GMT)


Posted by 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???

Posted by   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??

Posted by 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.).

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by TheTraveller on (October 31, 2012, 4:34 GMT)

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

Posted by 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!

Posted by 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 !!!!

Posted by   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.

Posted by sumit176 on (October 31, 2012, 4:17 GMT)

pcb saved from getting bankrupt....rofl

Posted by Suganth.T on (October 31, 2012, 4:11 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by cricfan38 on (October 31, 2012, 2:46 GMT)

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

Posted by 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

Posted by cricfan38 on (October 31, 2012, 1:31 GMT)

@indianpunjabi what a big joke india lost twice against kenya

Posted by 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 :)

Posted by 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

Posted by 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....

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.......

Posted by   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.

Posted by ak_dragon on (October 30, 2012, 22:09 GMT)

Asian Version of ASHES..!

Posted by   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

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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!

Posted by   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 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 yes india are favourites but its not going to be one way 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

please shall more test playing

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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....

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

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

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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

Posted by 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....:))

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by   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

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

nothing is interesting then pak vs india match

Posted by 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?

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (October 30, 2012, 15:30 GMT)


Posted by 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 :) :)

Posted by PAKISTANiLive on (October 30, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by S-A-M-1994 on (October 30, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

C'mon Play Test Matches Againt each other :(

Posted by 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.

Posted by Rajputraza on (October 30, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (October 30, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

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

Posted by   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

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

is this right or not.....

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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":-)

Posted by   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.

Posted by azhar44 on (October 30, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

like to see test cricket between the rivals

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

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

Posted by 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

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

Cricket should not be politicised.

Posted by 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

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

Thank you so much bcci we are so happy :)

Posted by   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

Posted by CricketMaan on (October 30, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

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

Posted by ganirules on (October 30, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

Ind Vs Pak would be a bit boring without Akthar

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

good news for every one

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

Good news and get cracking.

Posted by 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....

Posted by abhyudayj on (October 30, 2012, 12:08 GMT)


Posted by 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...

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.......

Posted by 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).

Posted by 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 .

Posted by PAKISTANiLive on (October 30, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

Waiting for the big one!

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (October 30, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

Huge thrashing is available on the cards for pakistan..

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

Go my pakistan to beat India, always love team Pakistan

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by joseyesu on (October 30, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

Atlast it is Ind vs Pak series, CRACKER

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

Excellent news for cricket lovers...

Posted by   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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