Pakistan working 'very hard' for Pak-India cricket series in Dec: Abdul Basit

Published: March 17, 2015
"Pakistan and Indian cricket team (should be) open to playing against each other in one bilateral series in December this year," says Abdul Basit. PHOTO: AFP

"Pakistan and Indian cricket team (should be) open to playing against each other in one bilateral series in December this year," says Abdul Basit. PHOTO: AFP

KOLKATA: Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit said on Tuesday that they were working “very hard” to resume bilateral cricketing ties with India, with a series being eyed in December, Press Trust of India reported.

“Pakistan and Indian cricket team (should be) open to playing against each other in one bilateral series in December this year and so they are working very hard on that. It is happening after a long, long gap,” Basit said at an interactive session in Kolkata.

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Asked what could be the possible venue of such a series, he said “may be India or Dubai or elsewhere. We are working on that”. His response indicated that it was unlikely that the Indian team will be visiting Pakistan anytime soon.

Pakistan Cricket Board chief Sharyar Khan had recently met BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur in Delhi.

India and Pakistan are scheduled to play 12 Tests, 30 ODIs and 11 Twenty20s spread over six series with the first one scheduled from December 2015. However, all series will be played subject to Indian government’s clearance.

Read: ‘India to play Pakistan only after govt clearance’

The arch-rivals had last played a bilateral series in December 2012-January 2013 when Pakistan toured India for a short series.

Pakistan have not played on home soil since the terrorist attack on the touring Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009.

This article originally appeared on the Business-Standard

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Reader Comments (13)

  • zara
    Mar 18, 2015 - 12:43AM

    No need to invite them.
    Nomore terrorists are welcome to our soil your proxies are already there. I wonder if these cricketers would come to help bla in some wayRecommend

  • Pakka Indian
    Mar 18, 2015 - 1:28AM

    Cricket would not have been a casualty had Pakistanis stopped terrorism and fanaticism. Me thinks it’s going to be a Long, Long wait before India agrees to visit Pakistan or allows Pakistan to play a dual nation tournament in India. What Pakistanis tend to forget – and your high commissioner in Delhi Mr. Basit knows it very well – that unlike in Pakistan, public opinion plays a crucial role in official decision making in India. Right now, sentiments are very, very negative as far as Pakistan is concerned, especially after the Mumbai Terrorist attack of 2008 killing innocent and unarmed men, women and little children. The cry for justice is not going to die out in Mumbai, no matter how hard Pakistan tries with its old and completely irrelevant rants about Kashmir.Recommend

  • Zaid Hamid Lal topi wala
    Mar 18, 2015 - 2:42AM


  • really?
    Mar 18, 2015 - 4:59AM

    You make it out as though India is doing something strange by not agreeing to play in Pakistan. No team in the world is eillingvyomplsy there. Indian players are much more at risk than Austrslian or WI players because of the deliberate hatred towards Hindus that is institutionalised.

    You refuse to treat Lakhvi as a terrorist and try him under ATA. You meet Indian insurgents in Delhi and disrespect the Indian government and then you expect it to accommodate you?


  • mahakaalchakra
    Mar 18, 2015 - 6:59AM

    “Pakistan working ‘very hard’ for Pak-India cricket series in Dec: Abdul Basit”

    For instance, Pakistan establishment is doing its best to free Lakhvi from the prison, who was directly involved in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and encouraging Hafiz Saeed of the LeT/JuD (banned by the UN) to spread venom against India….also accusing Yandoo India of spreading terrorism in Pakistan using TTP, a pure Islamic Jehadi Tanzim….I can go on and on…..Recommend

  • JSM
    Mar 18, 2015 - 7:37AM

    I agree Zara.Recommend

  • Aakashvaani
    Mar 18, 2015 - 1:17PM

    @Zara: Just to be clear, You are literally begging everyone to visit. Your cricketers are begging to play in IPL. Your country survives on loans from the worldbank. lol. Even Bangladesh rejected your begging overtures. By the way, Balochistan is going to be free very soon….just watch. Recommend

  • Sumit
    Mar 18, 2015 - 1:21PM

    “No need to invite them” You really said that..?
    even if you do invite I wonder who will come.?
    As much as know your country has invited various teams plenty of times and response you received in return has been so overwhelming that even Bangladesh refused to come twice.
    “No more terrorists are welcome to our soil”
    As if you already have any shortage.

    Anyway god bless you and your country and may your wish come true. cheers Recommend

  • JSM
    Mar 18, 2015 - 2:40PM

    I agree with you. I do not know why Indians are so keen to play cricket in Pakistan/ with Pakistan.Recommend

  • AMIR
    Mar 18, 2015 - 3:36PM

    @zara: Even Terrorist also fear for lives. that why they aren’t coming.Recommend

  • zara
    Mar 19, 2015 - 4:09AM

    You too watch, red corridor will be free soon.Recommend

  • JSM
    Mar 19, 2015 - 6:53AM

    Why do’nt you advise H E Mr Abdul Basit not to waste his time on arranging India Pakistan cricket matches. Nobody wants these matches. Recommend

  • Rahim Khoram
    Mar 20, 2015 - 4:30PM

    Pleeeeeaaase don’t invite the Indians. Indian Prime Minister Modi is so angry over the Indian team not being invited to Pakistan that he has called off the next round of foreign secretaries’ talks. But why not start a dual tournament between Pakistan’s cricket team against the TCC (short for Taliban Cricket Club). They will be happy, you will be happy, and I guess the Indians will also be happy. Besides, the TCC is already present on Pakistani soil.Recommend

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