India may host Pakistan for ODI series in December

Jun 12, 2012, 08:34 IST | Debasish Datta

India and Pakistan will resume cricketing ties on Indian soil if talks between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) end in agreement soon

It is learnt that both Boards are keen on resumption of ties, the start of which could be a one-day series here after the India vs England four-Test series ends on December 17.

Indian captain Dhoni shakes hands with Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez in Dhaka recently. Pic/AFP

The Englishmen will return in the new year for a limited overs series (two T20 internationals and five ODIs). The near one-month gap is looked at as a good platform to host the one-day series against Pakistan.

The last time a bilateral series took place was in 2007 when Pakistan toured India for a three-Test series. Both countries last clashed in one-day cricket here during the 2011 World Cup semi-final at Mohali.

If the series takes place it could be the ideal Christmas gift for Pakistan’s cricket set-up which was denied from hosting World Cup matches last year due to security reasons. Their players were left out of the Indian Premier League too.

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