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India-Pakistan cricket matches from December !

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  18 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Kolkata, March 17 : India and Pakistan are set to resume bilateral cricketing ties in December this year, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit said here on Tuesday.

"Pakistan and Indian cricket teams, would be playing a bilateral series in December this year. We are working very hard on that, it will be happening after a long gap," Basit said during an event here.

The announcement comes seven days after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shaharyar Khan March 10 met newly elected BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur as part of efforts to resume cricket matches between the two countries.

Basit said the venue country could either be India or the UAE.

"The modalities are being worked out, the venue could either be India or the UAE," said Basit calling for both the countries to "aggressively pursue" sporting diplomacy.

The two neighbours, whose relations have often turned bitter, played their previous bilateral series in December-January 2012-13 when Pakistan toured India.

India and Pakistan boards have inked a binding agreement that provides for the two sides playing 12 Tests, 20 One Day Intertiols and 11 twenty20 intertiols during a six-year period. The opening engagement is slated to be played in December.

Rooting for an India-Pakistan semifil at the World Cup, Basit called upon people to cheer for his country during its quarter fil clash against the mighty Australians at Adelaide on Friday.

"I want see India and Pakistan play in semi-fil so I urge you all to pray for Pakistan against Australia.

"So far as I am concerned I will be cheering for India and similarly the Pakistan High Commission in Bangladesh will be cheering for Bangladesh," Basit said about team India's quarter fil against Bangladesh at Melbourne on Thursday. IANS

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