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"It's neither India's series nor it's Pakistan's series, it's a series to revive friendship."- Photo by AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf labeled the upcoming India-Pakistan series as a "revival of friendship" between the two subcontinent archrivals and a step forward, despite the fact it was Pakistan's turn to host its neighbor.  

"It's neither India's series nor it's Pakistan's series, it's a series to revive friendship," he said.

Bangalore and Ahmedabad will host the Twenty20 games while Chennai, Kolkata and New Delhi will host the ODIs.There will be no match at Mumbai.

"We will send a delegation prior to the tour to see the security arrangements," Ashraf said.

Officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the PCB held at least three meetings this year in Dubai, Chennai and Malaysia to work out resuming cricket ties. Ashraf attended the Indian Premier League final in late May and met with BCCI and Indian government officials.

"You can't just clap with one hand," Ashraf said. "Both countries needed each other to eventually strengthen the relationship and this series will be a big breakthrough.

"India has a big role in international cricket and I've been trying for long for this (revival of cricketing ties with India), but obviously it takes time and required the understanding of the boards as well as the government."

Ashraf also hoped that once the security situation improves in Pakistan, India will visit.

"I hope in future their team plays in Pakistan, if the security situation improves (in Pakistan)," Ashraf said.

All test teams have avoided Pakistan since gunmen attacked the Sri Lanka team convoy at Lahore in 2009. Pakistan has mainly played its home series in the United Arab Emirates.

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Comments (7)

November 2, 2012 12:32 pm
Mr. India there is adifference btw clap and slap. lol
November 1, 2012 4:56 pm
pakistan want to send delegation to check the security arrangement in india. hahahaha
November 2, 2012 9:34 am
Keeping fingers crossed and hope that JuD/Taliban terrorist again not strike anywhere in India... And take this series out for next 4 years...
Satish, New Delhi
November 2, 2012 9:03 am
On one side u people are adament to not even name a chowk at Lahore in the name of Shahid Bhagat Singh due to whom u are enjoying freedom today and on the other hand so much keen to revive cricket ties with us......Why these double standards......India Govt/ BCCI should not allow this tour
November 1, 2012 4:26 pm
We do not wish to revive any tie with the pakistanis.
November 1, 2012 6:58 pm
I can clap with one hand as long as I get Mr. Asraf cheek in the other side :)
November 1, 2012 8:43 pm
This is what make Pakistanis so individual offers help to USA after Sandy, and now they pretend to verify the security arrangements in India. Pakistanis can never stop stunning the world.
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