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October 28, 2009
Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman, is in India as the guest of BCCI president Shashank Manohar, prompting speculation in the Pakistan media that the visit is aimed at reviving cricket ties between the two countries. While his agenda has not been made public, it is understood that he will attend Monday's ODI between India and Australia in Mohali.
India had cancelled their tour of Pakistan scheduled for January 2009 because of strained relations between the two governments after it emerged that Pakistan-based militants were responsible for the terror attacks in Mumbai last November.
"I am going to India, but at this point of time I am not going to make any comment and once things mature only then will I be able to speak," Butt said. "Not only Pakistan and India but the ICC is also making efforts to revive bilateral ties between the two countries as it is imperative that we play against each other in the FTP and we will discuss the option of neutral venues."
However, Indian board sources said there would be no talks and it was a routine invitation. Also, they said there was no scope for any matches against Pakistan in this FTP. Some games have been included in the next FTP but are subject to government clearance.
Sri Lanka had agreed to tour Pakistan, after India had cancelled their trip, but their cricketers were the target of another terrorist attack in Lahore in March. Previously, the ICC had moved to shift the Champions Trophy to South Africa and have since stripped Pakistan of its share of 2011 World Cup matches.
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