India invites Pakistan for first series since 2007.

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indo-pak-cricketJuly 17, Mumbai: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Monday it had invited Pakistan for a series later this year, their first in five years, in a further sign of improving ties between the neighbours.

The decision to host Pakistan was taken by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at its working committee meeting in New Delhi on Monday. The board managers rejected a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) offer to play at a neutral venue and instead decided to host the neighbours.

“It was decided to resume cricketing ties with Pakistan by inviting the Pakistan cricket team for a short series in December 2012-January 2013. The modalities will be worked out shortly,” the BCCI said in a statement after the meeting.

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 on Mumbai.

The ODI matches will be played in Chennai, Kolkata and New Delhi and the Twenty20 games in Bangalore and Ahmedabad, BCCI spokesman Rajiv Shukla told reporters in New Delhi.

The series will be held when England, who are due to tour India later this year, return home briefly for Christmas and New Year.

Cricket ties have been the subject of discussions between the two governments that have been holding regular meetings in a bid to improve ties and eventually thrash out a peace agreement. Indian and Pakistani cricket teams have only met in international tournaments since 2007. “Once they have decided, then there will be the issue of internal security, which will be reviewed and decided by various agencies.”

However, security concerns will be of prime importance. One thing is sure – whichever city the two teams play in will not matter – one can be assured of full house in the stadium. Also the series is going to be a lucrative commercial venture with television broadcasting rights and other business ventures in the offing.

“The matches will be held in metropolitan cities only since we have to take into account the security aspect concerning the Pakistan players. So, the rotation policy will not be followed for the series against Pakistan, a member of the BCCI fixtures committee said.

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