NEW DELHI: India's cricket board said Tuesday it has secured government clearance to host Pakistan for a short tour later this year.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has invited Pakistan to play three one-dayers and two Twenty20 matches in December-January, the first bilateral contests between the arch-rivals in five years.

“We have discussed all security aspects (and) the tour is on,” board spokesman Rajiv Shukla told reporters after a meeting between its officials and Indian Home Secretary R. K. Singh in New Delhi.

A report by the Press Trust of India said the venues for the ODI games would most likely be Chennai, Kolkata and New Delhi while the Twenty20 matches would take place in Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

The rivals have not played a series since Pakistan's tour of India in 2007, after cricket ties were snapped following the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai.

Cricket ties have been the subject of discussions between the governments of both countries. They have been holding regular meetings in a bid to improve relations and eventually thrash out a peace agreement.

The Indian and Pakistani cricket teams have only met in international tournaments since 2007.

They clashed in the ODI World Cup semi-final in the northern Indian town of Mohali last year, a match that was attended by both countries' prime ministers.

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Comments (13)

raja hindustani
October 30, 2012 2:06 pm
October 30, 2012 10:54 pm
Pakistan team is not welcome in India for bilateral series.
m ramzan ahmad
October 30, 2012 3:10 pm
nothing interesting then pk vs india match
Asif Khan
October 30, 2012 4:53 pm
It will be exciting and interesting matches to see after a long break between these two countries.
Roney Indian
October 31, 2012 8:09 am
coz we like to be the bigger persons to forgive our children, and could you elaborate on your principles ??
October 30, 2012 1:33 pm
good luck to both the teams.
sparky singh
October 30, 2012 8:39 pm
tum bat le aana , hum ball le ayenge.. Chalo game khelte hai !
October 30, 2012 4:53 pm
Congratulations PCB. Indians have done it many a times in the past and then they always come around to our principled stand in cricket or other aspects.
October 30, 2012 8:24 pm
Cheap Justice
October 31, 2012 5:00 am
Very good. Finally lets do this, so that I can finally get a visa to see India :(
October 30, 2012 7:34 pm
I would love to welcome Pakistani cricket team to India for cricket as these teams really play fantastic cricket against each other and it's treat to watch. Having said that, I would also like to share the common sentiment here in India. People are tired of terrorist attacks coming from Pakistani soil. We know that it's not common people in Pakistan planning these attacks but someone is doing that. You need to stop that. It would bring peace in entire region. How can we play cricket at one end and face terrorist attacks on other from same country? Please think about it. What would you do if you are in our shoes?
Azam Chowdhry
October 30, 2012 7:40 pm
A good start and let us hope for the best in establishing good relations between both the countries.
Janan ,NC USA
October 31, 2012 3:14 am
Good Move,, things can be achieved by cricket not by politicians.
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