Nawaz Sharif gives PCB go ahead for India-Pak series in Sri Lanka

Updated on Nov 26, 2015 12:59 PM IST

Nawaz Sharif has given the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) the green light for the country’s cricket team to play a shortened series against India in Sri Lanka next month, local media reported on Thursday.

A file photo of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.(Sanjeev Verma/ HT Photo)
A file photo of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.(Sanjeev Verma/ HT Photo)
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has permitted the country’s cricket team to play a series with India at a neutral venue, media reported on Thursday, possibly clearing the decks for a bilateral tournament in Sri Lanka later this year.

Pakistan’s Geo TV quoted sources saying the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) received a letter from Sharif permitting the cricket team to play either a T20, ODI or Test series with India at venues in the island nation that would serve as Pakistan’s ‘home venue’.

Read | PCB seek clearance for India series at ‘unspecified’ neutral venue

The development comes after months of deadlocked talks, with rapidly deteriorating diplomatic relations between the two nations dimming chances of reviving cricket ties that were snapped after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

A meeting between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar, who was in Dubai in his capacity as the chief of cricket’s world governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), and PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan earlier this month had fuelled the possibility of a bilateral tournament, with Sri Lanka as the likely neutral venue. The meeting was organised by England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke, who heads the Pakistan Task Force of the ICC.

Read | BCCI chief Manohar meets Shaharyar, discusses Indo-Pak series

But weather can play spoilsport, with a forecast of heavy rain in the island nation during most of December.

The PCB signed an agreement with the BCCI to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023. It claimed the Indian board agreed to play the first one in the UAE, which has served as Pakistan’s home venue after the 2009 Lahore terror attacks stopped international teams from travelling to the country over security concerns.

After a lot of uncertainty, the BCCI insisted it would play only in India but the Pakistani government denied permission to its board earlier this month.

Read | No question of playing Pakistan’s ‘home’ series in India: PCB chief

As reported earlier in HT, the BCCI is looking at playing the first ODI on December 20 and the last T20 on January 3. This is the only window available as India travel to Australia for a one-day series starting on January 12.

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