Soon after the news about Pakistan cricket team’s visit to India for a short tour in December started making the rounds, India’s right-wing party Shiv Sena said it would not let Pakistan play in India, Express News reported on Monday.
The party said Pakistan is responsible for the 2008 Mumbai carnage and it would not be allowed to play in the country.
Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said that the tour will consist of three One Day International matches.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf told media that Pakistan was still waiting for a formal invitation for the series, but said “it seems it will surely be held later this year”.
“The decision is great and we welcome it. It seems that millions of cricket fans have their wishes fulfilled,” said Ashraf in Lahore.
“We are still waiting for a BCCI invitation for the series, but it seems it will surely be held later this year.”
Captain Misbahul Haq, speaking to the media, said that everyone enjoys matches between India and Pakistan, including the players. “It gives an environment of competition.”
Muhammad Hafeez said that the invitation from India is good news for the whole world as people across the world were missing Pakistan-India matches.
Earlier in April, President Asif Ali Zardari during a daylong visit to India had requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to resume cricketing ties between the two countries.
All bilateral sporting ties including the most sought-after cricket games were stalled after the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, which killed 166 people including some foreigners, blamed on militants based in Pakistan.
Pakistan last toured India in 2007 while India featured in the Asia Cup held across the border in 2008.