PCB bullish about India series in December
PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has said Pakistan will play India in a full series comprising three Tests, five ODIs and two T20 internationals in the UAE in December. Shaharyar was speaking in Kolkata, after meeting with BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya.
"We resume the India-Pak series in UAE. This is the re-beginning of the revival of Indo-Pak cricket," Shaharyar said. "The series will start in December as per schedule and it will comprise three Tests, five ODIs and two T20s. The preparation is on in full swing. We have to overcome the final hurdle. You may know as per the MOU there will be five series between the two countries in eight years."
Dalmiya's comments were more measured and acknowledged the role of the Indian government's stand on the issue of bilateral series against Pakistan. "We are very hopeful of reviving the series," Dalmiya said. "Only few things need to be sorted out and obviously without common support we cannot go forward. Without the support of the home ministry and government we can't go forward."
A release from the BCCI said, "The two boards would be in regular touch and review the situation."
India and Pakistan have played one bilateral limited-overs series in the last seven years - three ODIs and two T20 internationals in India in December 2012-13. The last Test series between the sides was in November and December 2007, when Pakistan toured India.
Political relations between the two countries were strained following the terror attacks in Mumbai in November 2008 and bilateral series between the two countries were put on ice for several years. In May 2014, the PCB said it had signed an MOU with the BCCI for the resumption of bilateral series, and the following month it said the MOUs had become "binding agreements." The BCCI, however, has not been as forthcoming about India playing Pakistan.