India Pakistan cricket ties are finally set to resume. Pak team will play 3 ODIs and two Twenty20 international matches in India
For cricket fans in the Indian subcontinent, there cannot be a better news than this. After a long and senseless gap of years when the two cricketing giants didn’t play against each other, both the sides today agreed to resume cricket.
By the way, cricket for India and Pakistan is simply not a game, it is more of a diplomacy. When their relations are normal, it is used as a diplomatic front, and when there are some tensions between the two sides, it is used as pressure tactics.
But right now, people are happy given the fact that both the nations have showed their willingness to restart the cricketing ties and normalise relationship. India earlier agreed to allow Pakistani channels to broadcast in India. Both the countries are moving rather fast and Pakistan too offered India MFN status in the late December.
India and Pakistani cricket boards have finalised the itinerary for Pakistani cricket team’s Indian tour in December and January. Both the nations will play three ODI’s and two T20 cricket matches.
Meanwhile cricket fans on both sides of the Indo-Pak border are elated with the news. A reader says, “Nice to hear Indo-Pak the resumption of bi-lateral series and hope that sports is not mixed with politics and the game can continue to enjoy the status it deserves”.
In the meantime a BCCI press release has this to say, “It was decided to resume cricketing ties with Pakistan by inviting the Pakistan cricket team for a short series in December 2012 – January 2013. The modalities will be worked out shortly… The two countries have not played a bilateral cricket series since the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. India were scheduled to tour Pakistan in January 2009 but most of the players were reluctant to visit. As a goodwill gesture Sri Lanka agreed to tour Pakistan. But terrorist attack on their players in Lahore on March 3, 2009 saw an end to international cricket in Pakistan. Since then no international team has toured Pakistan”.