Pakistan news May 11, 2015

PCB bullish about India series in December

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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.

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  • t20cric on May 13, 2015, 17:47 GMT

    Despite Pakistan having a bad tour in Bangladesh, I think Pakistan have a lot of things to look forward too. International cricket is returning to Pakistan, we're playing with India again, we're depending on pace & leg spin to get us wickets instead of off spin. I think Pakistan is slowly but surely returning to the things that made them such a good team in the past. The only thing we desperately need is a few batsmen who can play good ODI innings like Inzimam, Yousuf, Salim Malik, Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbas etc.. and all rounders to finish off the innings like Razzaq or Afridi. Once we find such players then Pakistan team will return to being as good as we once were.

  • t20cric on May 13, 2015, 16:52 GMT

    I don't understand all this talk about India being way better than Pakistan. People like SHERBABA75 saying that "India cricket has moved million miles ahead" is stupid. India is the better ODI team but not by a million miles. Indians often say that they have dominated Pakistan since 2003 world cup but its 21-20 for India in ODIs since. Test series should thrilling as Pakistan & India are both invincible on Asian pitches. Pakistan won't be able to steam roll India due to their batsmen knowing how to play spin & their bowling attack being good for these pitches. In ODIs I think Pakistan should recall Akmal, Shehzad & Maqsood & try playing Akmal up the order so he can't have any excuses. If Pakistan lose then it could speed our rebuilding phase like it did to India when we beat them (Ghambir, Sehwag, Yuvraj etc. haven't played an ODI since). I'm hoping for Pakistani win in tests & t20s but in ODIs I'll be satisfied with anything cuz it will benefit Pakistan in the long run no matter what.

  • dummy4fb on May 13, 2015, 8:19 GMT

    I think Indian fans shouldnt forget the recent Pakistan series win in India on Indian soil ...although the series score was 2-1 but anyone who has watched the series will surely know that the indians were thrashed !!!

  • dummy4fb on May 13, 2015, 6:16 GMT

    Its a good news for IND-PAK nations,it will be continue in future.

  • Muhammad Saeed on May 13, 2015, 3:44 GMT

    Both India and Pakistan should create healthy atmosphere and work hard to inculcate genuine zeal to minimize the mutual trust deficit inorder to redtore sports ties between the noth. I wish both play together and live like trusted neighbours

  • sherbaba75 on May 13, 2015, 2:37 GMT

    Naveed raja

    SA also never made it to the finals yet they are a top team and a consistent team. The team SA is constantly moving through transition as any good team does. Just because IND did not make it to the finals does not make our PAK ranked no 9 any competitor of us or any top 9 ranked teams. Due to unfortunate circumstances in Pakistan only teams in your ranks may agree to come and play forget about top 8 teams.

  • dummy4fb on May 12, 2015, 23:06 GMT

    Sherbas you are right Indian cricket have gone moved so forward that they could not even play the world cup semi final, the team and before the world cup they been win less on England and Australian soil.

  • sherbaba75 on May 12, 2015, 17:22 GMT

    KAM UK

    India is also going through transitional period as all good teams do and it is a regular feature for any good side. However that should not be a reason to drag your self to the bottom of the table. If you do not know how to handle your affair during transitional phase, one should quit or at least stop hiding behind this excuse. Believe me brother their is no hype between PAK and India cricket anymore. Indian cricket has moved forward millions miles ahead. We can't even feel you behind us forget about seeing you. By the time you catch up with your pre transitional phase we Indians would have have moved up further and the gap would be even bigger in our favor.

  • dummy4fb on May 12, 2015, 15:57 GMT

    I know we are going through a bad time in our cricket history, but don't forget there were some times when we were under dogs, but we came back strongly and showed our potential to the world.

    Due to some administration failures, we have lost some quality players whether it is bowling check issue, fake spot fixing scandal and injuries. No one know if our future greats like Waseem Akram, Waqar Younis, Inzamam ul Haq, Muhammad Yousaf, Saqlain Mustaq, Mushtaq Ahmed, Shoaib Akhtar and Rahsid Latif might be playing in some street cricket.

    But yes, we are Pakistanies, you push us, we will come back hard. It is our nature. Let two or three month be spend in this situation and you will see what we have got to stun the world.

    We will bring back International Cricket to our home, we will make PSL a success, we will retain or third position in each 3 formats. You just need to sit tight and watch us coming back.

  • Usman674 on May 12, 2015, 14:24 GMT

    Good news for cricket fans all over the world

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