Pakistan news May 14, 2014

PCB says six-series deal signed with India

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Pakistan says it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the BCCI to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023. Four of those series will be hosted by Pakistan and the six tours - pending a legal agreement - will include up to 14 Tests, 30 ODIs and 12 T20s.

"We are working on chalking out a detailed FTP for eight years but meanwhile I can confirm that the MoU has been signed with India, according to which we will be playing six series," a top PCB official told ESPNcricinfo. "They will be hosting us twice while Pakistan will host them four times as a part of home series and further modalities will be confirmed later on."

There was no confirmation of this from the BCCI.

The move follows Pakistan's conditional support for the ICC revamp, which hinged on the promise of six series against India, including a 'home' series in the Gulf as part of an upcoming, reworked eight-year FTP cycle from 2015 to 2023. The change in the PCB's stance took place on the condition that Pakistan would be involved in bilateral series against all Full Members, including India. The first of these bilateral series could take place in the UAE in the winter of 2015.

India and Pakistan have not played a full series since the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, which India blamed on militants based across the border. However, Pakistan visited India for a short limited-over series in December 2012, which was regarded as a stepping stone in reviving cricketing ties between both countries.

The teams last played a full series in 2007, in India. However, despite the latest developments, given the sensitive relationship between the governments of the two countries, a fresh government NOC will be required before each series. India has just completed voting in its general elections with the results out on May 16; the BCCI is unlikely to proceed without the new government's green signal.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • on May 16, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    an other blunder from pcb almost week gone and no confirmation from indian cricket board pcb please learn from past experience Pakistan payenda bad .love Pakistan

  • on May 16, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    I love to see India played Pakistan in Pakistan and later on Pakistan go to India to play over there.

  • on May 16, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    Nothing will Happen.. these are all sweet dreams!!!!

  • sal80 on May 16, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    I would love to see indo/pak series but now i have concerns as after BJP gov in indian these series will not took place bec BJP dnt want good relations of india with pak

  • punterdgr8 on May 16, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    @Indianinneredge,no,it's not sad if the game is 'not' restricted to mere sport when dealing with pak.we have enough experiences of artists,musicians and actors across the border who came here earned their livelihood albeit for a short while and the ramifications were detestable.it's much easy to talk abt not mixing sport and politics but reality is politics(constructive and righteous) should always take the upper hand when the sport involves a 'threatening' ingredient.

  • on May 16, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    I hope we have much exciting results of those series. I want those number of series are doubled. A duo series, while both hosting each time.

  • on May 16, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    I would love this series. Let's have a cracker of a tournament and please I request all Pakistani and Indian fans to not abuse each other. Respect everyone and learn how to be sportive please. Be respectful and may the best team wins :) JAI HIND

  • IndianInnerEdge on May 15, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    Very happy if this happens, welcome this. dont know if the recent elections in india have any bearing on this ,but if they do, will be a pity. lets have quality cricket from these two passionate countries played in the right spirit....

  • Desihungama on May 15, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    malespas - I agree with your comments but then BCCI cannot continue to make money off Australia and England. And that's what I am afraid when going gets tough for BCCI, they will seek an odd series with Pak. I wish Pak had the leadership to take several other countries on board and form a kerry packer type league with new entrants Ireland, Afghanistan, even Kenya, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Scotland, Holland, with SA and Sri Lanka. It would have worked in longer run.

  • on May 15, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    & that's not happening.....

  • on May 16, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    an other blunder from pcb almost week gone and no confirmation from indian cricket board pcb please learn from past experience Pakistan payenda bad .love Pakistan

  • on May 16, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    I love to see India played Pakistan in Pakistan and later on Pakistan go to India to play over there.

  • on May 16, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    Nothing will Happen.. these are all sweet dreams!!!!

  • sal80 on May 16, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    I would love to see indo/pak series but now i have concerns as after BJP gov in indian these series will not took place bec BJP dnt want good relations of india with pak

  • punterdgr8 on May 16, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    @Indianinneredge,no,it's not sad if the game is 'not' restricted to mere sport when dealing with pak.we have enough experiences of artists,musicians and actors across the border who came here earned their livelihood albeit for a short while and the ramifications were detestable.it's much easy to talk abt not mixing sport and politics but reality is politics(constructive and righteous) should always take the upper hand when the sport involves a 'threatening' ingredient.

  • on May 16, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    I hope we have much exciting results of those series. I want those number of series are doubled. A duo series, while both hosting each time.

  • on May 16, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    I would love this series. Let's have a cracker of a tournament and please I request all Pakistani and Indian fans to not abuse each other. Respect everyone and learn how to be sportive please. Be respectful and may the best team wins :) JAI HIND

  • IndianInnerEdge on May 15, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    Very happy if this happens, welcome this. dont know if the recent elections in india have any bearing on this ,but if they do, will be a pity. lets have quality cricket from these two passionate countries played in the right spirit....

  • Desihungama on May 15, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    malespas - I agree with your comments but then BCCI cannot continue to make money off Australia and England. And that's what I am afraid when going gets tough for BCCI, they will seek an odd series with Pak. I wish Pak had the leadership to take several other countries on board and form a kerry packer type league with new entrants Ireland, Afghanistan, even Kenya, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Scotland, Holland, with SA and Sri Lanka. It would have worked in longer run.

  • on May 15, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    & that's not happening.....

  • stumpedlloyd on May 15, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    Firstly, India will not visit Pakistan. The matches likely will be played in the UAE or elsewhere, anywhere but Pakistan. At least in the short run, though given Pakistan's political issues, I cannot see anything changing between now and 2023 there. Secondly, even if there's a MoU, with the BJP in power in India, good luck with this ever happening.

  • Taimor-016 on May 15, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    @Baloch Huzaifa @Asad Khan

    In the article, it says that the first series will be held in UAE. However, Pakistan still will be left with 3 home series which still means that either of them could be played in Pakistan (as PCB is trying to bring cricket back in Pakistan).

  • ABLcric on May 15, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    Surely, one of the best and happiest cricket news for the followers of Ind/Pak cricket matches and fans all around the world. Now, let's walk the talk!!

  • Stark62 on May 15, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Finally, the much anticipated and awaited Test series between the two is on the horizon!!

    I hope it is delivered and given the green light.

  • malepas on May 15, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    Where is BCCI confirmation?? I can't see this happening if India has far-right Modi as PM as his rhetoric is very anti-pak to get votes, can't see him implementing any peace initiatives in short to long term and cricket will be the unfortunate victim. They may probably have odd ODI series here and there but BCCI will have an ideal excuse of backing down and that's why PCB will be the most effective board of this new big3 setup and that's why they were last to sign but if they can pull this off, bravo to them.

  • mjrvasu on May 15, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    More money and entertainment for UAE

  • on May 15, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    its a good move, but its better if India visit Pakistan for a short series i mean ODI or T -20 to boost the cricket bilateral relation so this will help Pakistan to host others test cricket playing nation for restoration of cricket. i hope this will ice breaking series

  • CricketMaan on May 15, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    It has been interesting that its only PCB that is making all these noises about series with BCCI wehreas no confirmation from the latter!

  • on May 15, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    Indian series would include 3 tests while Pakistan's will be having 2 tests each

  • on May 15, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    as usual no confirmation from bcci and pcb making public statement strange strange very strange pcb should learn from past experience

  • on May 15, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    good new but as usual no confirmation from bcci and pcb making public statement strange strange very strange pcb should learn from past experience.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on May 15, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Its hard to understand why the press release has been issued without the BCCI's confirmation. Admittedly that's just a formality, but the rush to make a public announcement is quite strange.

  • vkumar_086 on May 15, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Author is saying that there is no confirmation from BCCI yet and BCCI is unlikely to proceed without the permission from the new govt....so it is obvious that this wont happen....moreover until Pak govt create conducive environment for cricket in its soil, no country visits there, India is no exceptional here, players safety is very important

  • rustyryan on May 15, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    With Modi as a PM, not even in dreams this can happen!!!

  • on May 15, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    It is a GREAT move. Only thing the Spirit of the game must be kept alive.

  • vkumar_086 on May 15, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    With the change in govt in India, I dont think that this will happen....arranging home series against India is still very very far and unrealistic, remember Pakistan was the last country that agreed BIG 3 structure (agreed because there was no other way)

  • aamer21 on May 15, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    Great news but I'll believe it when I see it. Remeber, in all probability New Delhi will soon have Modi at the helm and his government has to issue the final clearance before any series; and Modi is not a fan of Pakistan for sure ;p

  • on May 15, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    bcci please let pakistan players into ipl...though many wont get auctioned but still they desevre the chances too...would love to see some of them in ipl...

  • on May 15, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    when Pakistan say "home" r they saying that they will play a series or 2 in Pakistan???

  • haqster499 on May 15, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    India - Pakistan is a big rivalry. Both PCB and BCCI need to market it better especially the test series.

    The test series b/w Pakistan-India should be bigger than the Ashes in the 21st century and I would call it the Kapil-Imran Trophy....

  • punterdgr8 on May 15, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    well,trade with pak is not as big as compared to our other neighbour china with whom we have differences.of course,with the govt.in delhi almost certain to change and the pm-in-waiting having had to maintain cordial relations with china for economic as well as safety gains might be persuaded to take a bit of a rugged stand with pak to show his might in order to garner attention in india.cricket between these two countries has never been restricted to sport only and for rightful reasons esp.after what the indian public had to go thru. let's see where this will head towards.cricinfo,pls publish.

  • on May 15, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    Please play atleast 4 or 5 test match series. we don't need 2 or 3 tests in every single series.

  • on May 15, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    @taimor-016 Home series means Pakistan ill host India in UAE.

  • on May 15, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    This 14 tests, 30 Odis and t-20's are Splitted into 6 tours means for pakistan 2 tests, 5 odis and 2 t-20 every time India tours and for India 3 tests, 5 odis and 2 t-20's. This should be made even and number of tests matches should be increased. may 4-4 tests in first home and away basis and than onwards 5 tests. And t-20 should have at least 3 matches in series.

  • Albert_cambell on May 15, 2014, 3:45 GMT

    Great opportunity for Pakistani batsman to get their for back.

  • Pnagnoor on May 15, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    This is going to be so much fun!!! I look forwards to seeing the rivalry these two nations have on the cricket field once again

  • on May 15, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    Well with change at Delhi impending let us see how far does this agreement go..

  • on May 15, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    I'm very glad to hear this. I hope it's going to really happen and hope for no political interference.

  • SANATP22 on May 15, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    Its good for cricket, its time for India to improve there records against Pak.

  • Taimor-016 on May 15, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    I'm still confused honestly. I don't understand how Pakistan will be able to host India in Pakistan. I want it badly to happen soon but if we talk realistically, this looks really tough. At the moment, PCB's first priority should be callling a team for home series in Pakistan and I'm talking about teams such as Zimbabwe or even Ireland and Afghanistan. If India does comes Pakistan before any other team does then this is going to be amazing and fantastic but honestly, it looks really tough from current situation of Pakistan's cricket at home.

  • on May 14, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    What a victory for cricket, let's hope the legal story won't ruin it.

  • on May 14, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    Good start. Let us see if it ends in bilateral visits or there would be a couple of neutral venues before it comes to an end.

  • on May 14, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    Good news but still not sure that the series will go ahead from Indian government.

  • on May 14, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    Wow...great news...I would love to see these two teas fighting in the ground.. :-)

  • ovaisrafiq on May 14, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    Only up to 14 tests ? that means only 2 series will have 3 test other then all will consists of 2 test matches 5 ODIs and 2 T20 matches which is disappointment, There should be at least 24 Test matches in 8 years which means 4 test per series.

  • xylo on May 14, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    I hope that Pakistan begins hosting their home games in Pakistan soon, rather than in UAE.

  • on May 14, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    Good to see both countries agreed

  • on May 14, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    good development. will be good cricket if happen. 14 tests mean that most will be 2 test series. but a healthy number of odis. hope it goes as planned and we will see some top cricket

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on May 14, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    Hopefully Test will be more than Ashes but seriously we lack Australia kind of quality but I'll at-least enjoy ODIs ;)

  • jayyyyzzzzzz on May 14, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    Rivalry 2.0 best and most intense in cricket , hope both stick to their words and things go smoothly , can't wait.

  • roger83 on May 14, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Great News ! I wish Pakistan someday is able to create a conducive environment for cricket on its home grounds. Pak fans do deserve international cricket back at their home!

  • on May 14, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    hope dis happens.. both d teams shd start playing again

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  • on May 14, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    hope dis happens.. both d teams shd start playing again

  • roger83 on May 14, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Great News ! I wish Pakistan someday is able to create a conducive environment for cricket on its home grounds. Pak fans do deserve international cricket back at their home!

  • jayyyyzzzzzz on May 14, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    Rivalry 2.0 best and most intense in cricket , hope both stick to their words and things go smoothly , can't wait.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on May 14, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    Hopefully Test will be more than Ashes but seriously we lack Australia kind of quality but I'll at-least enjoy ODIs ;)

  • on May 14, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    good development. will be good cricket if happen. 14 tests mean that most will be 2 test series. but a healthy number of odis. hope it goes as planned and we will see some top cricket

  • on May 14, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    Good to see both countries agreed

  • xylo on May 14, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    I hope that Pakistan begins hosting their home games in Pakistan soon, rather than in UAE.

  • ovaisrafiq on May 14, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    Only up to 14 tests ? that means only 2 series will have 3 test other then all will consists of 2 test matches 5 ODIs and 2 T20 matches which is disappointment, There should be at least 24 Test matches in 8 years which means 4 test per series.

  • on May 14, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    Wow...great news...I would love to see these two teas fighting in the ground.. :-)

  • on May 14, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    Good news but still not sure that the series will go ahead from Indian government.