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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  • android_user 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

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • dummy4fb on May 15, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    & that's not happening.....

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