Pakistan in India 2012-13 November 1, 2012

Pakistan begin India tour in Bangalore

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan will arrive in Bangalore for the India tour on December 22 and will play the first Twenty20 international on Christmas Day. The schedule, announced by the BCCI on Thursday, has the second T20 in Ahmedabad on December 27; Chennai will host the first ODI three days later and the two remaining one-dayers will be played in Kolkata and Delhi on January 3 and 6.

The BCCI's announcement came following the Indian home ministry's approval of the tour on Tuesday. The series is sandwiched between two legs of England's tour of India. England play the second and final T20 international in Mumbai on December 22 - the day Pakistan arrive - before heading home for Christmas. The ODI series between England and India starts on January 11, five days after Pakistan wind up their tour.

Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman, welcomed the announcement and said that the series was long due. "This is a great news for the people of both Pakistan and India," Ashraf told reporters at the Gaddafi Stadium. "You can't just clap with one hand. Both countries need each other and that strengthens the relationship. The series will be a big breakthrough and a revival of our cricketing relationship with India."

Pakistan will play their first bilateral series against India since touring the country in end-2007. However, they have met in multinational tournaments - their last meeting was in the 2012 World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. Cricket ties between the two countries were snapped following the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai by militants from Pakistan.

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  • Dummy4 on November 4, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    @wickyroypaklover (aaaa2aa): You haven't beaten India men or women for a while now nice try :) but we'll see anyway. Don't forget Pakistan were also knocked out of world t20 :')

  • Dummy4 on November 4, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    atlast a Pakistan vs India series ...but i would have been happier if we had atleast 3 tests in there as will be a gud contest between India's strong batting vs Pakistan's strong bowling...

  • Dummy4 on November 4, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    If Hammad Azam is not in this squad, I will be mad, We made a mistake of not putting him in for the worldcup, he needs to be in this

  • abdul on November 4, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    @wickyroypaklover pak batting wil take care of indian bowling,and this smith guy was hiding with his tale between his legs since gayle and co bombarded his team in semi final now its time for afridi and do the same to our dear indian

  • RAJESH on November 3, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    i am worried bout our bowling pak batsmen have done well in past on indian pitches hopefully we come out wining

  • Krishna on November 3, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    all i feel is guys ODI's are India's but T20 will be a fight..some calling it for Shahid AFreebie i guess he will be the only one who will not shine in the series..way too much predictable,Although other good young Pak batsmen such as Hafeez may suceed.

  • Dummy4 on November 3, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover: lol Its good to see you on Cricinfo everytime love reading your funny comments I hope Pakistan at least takes one victory away from India so you can salvage some pride :)

  • Joe on November 3, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    I just hope just for this once India thrashes Pakistan. Indian team is clever now blending in youth while the Pakistan team is old which is why they're succeeding in their final stages before they drop full time :P

  • Manesh on November 3, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    @ WickyRoy.paklover . It is a shame to Pak team that same 'over rated' Shewag scored 300 against you in a test in your home series, isn't it? Dude, form is temporary and class is permanent. Our 'over rated' openers were the best in the world 2 years back. Do not forgot that.

  • Kamran on November 3, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    England series is always an opportunity to bring out some exceptional batting talent like previously it produced the excellence of Azharuddin. under 19 captain chand should be given opportunity as opening batsman and mankad should play at no. 3. Rihane should be given chance in ODIs. I am looking forward to see atleast one Emerging batting star in this upcoming series !!

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