New Delhi, Aug 7 (): Cricket is on the agenda of foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan, according to sources in the External Affairs ministry and the BCCI.
The two nations’ secretaries are meeting in Islamabad in three weeks time. This comes as there is relaxation of diplomatic ties between India and Pakistan which will see the resumption of the cricket series too. Two cricket boards began talking about Indo-Pak cricket series after Pakistan PM Sharif attended the swearing-in ceremony of Modi as PM.
As Test matches between two nations have been fixed earlier, the initial idea is to kick-off One-day and T 20 matches in this year. The venues are likely to be Dubai and New Delhi as venues like Mumbai would invite the wrath of Shiva Sena, ally of BJP.
Zaheer Abbas, former Pakistan captain who was in the Pakistan Cricket Board’s management committee confirmed to a Delhi-based newspaper about the development. Abbas called as Asia’s Bradman was happy as his wife is from Kanpur.
The last time India and Pakistan played a cricket match was on January 6, 2013 at a ODI in Delhi. The last test match was between two nations in 2007 at Bangalore. Mohsin Khan, opening batsman of Pakistan cricket team and husband of Bollywood actress Reena Roy said the India-Pakistan cricket series far outstrips the Ashes series.
Khan had acted in Hindi films in 1980 and till 1990. As per ICC schedule, India’s Team Blue will wind up England series on September 8 and some of the players are taking part in a month-long Champion T20 match series starting September 13.
In the first week of October, India’s Eleven will move to play West Indies in its home turf. Pakistan is in the ongoing series with Sri Lanka and then move to Australia and New Zealand and be free only by December 19. A Test series can be planned only in January 2015.
BJP will face criticism as it had mocked at Congress for hosting dinner to Pakistan PM when an Indian soldier was beheaded by Pakistani troops. Pakistan intrusion along the LOC too has not stopped.