Finally, the wait is over. India and Pakistan are scheduled to play a bilateral series consisting of five one-day internationals, three tests and two T20 internationals. But it all depends on Indian government as Broad of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has written a letter to the Home Ministry, seeking permission to play cricket with Pakistan.
According to an Indian Express Report, “Permission has been sought from Home Ministry, we don’t know what is the government stand. Last time, the tension between the two countries was at its peak.”
“Also, there is the FTP agreement that needs to be fulfilled and that’s why the board is willing to travel to Dubai to play a series against Pakistan. Unless the government gives its nod, the BCCI cannot do anything.”
Back in 2016, BCCI wanted to host Pakistan in a series but failed to get government clearance due to the tensions between both the countries.
If given green signal, the series will be the first bilateral series between India and Pakistan since 2012. The series could take place between September to November before the Indian tour of South Africa.
No team has visited Pakistan since the March 3, 2009, militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus. In June, India and Pakistan are set to face each other during the ICC Champions Trophy.
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