BCCI hopeful about Indo-Pak cricket bilateral series

Last Updated: Aug 09, 2011, 12:57 PM IST

Islamabad: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has termed Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar’s recent trip to India as a huge boost for the revival of a bilateral series after over three years.

Pakistan and India have not played in a bilateral series for over three years as tension between the two countries increased following the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008.

However, Khar’s visit to India last month, where she emphasised on the need for reviving cricketing ties, has been seen as the first step forwarded move on the issue.

The PCB has suffered huge financial losses due to India’s refusal to play in Pakistan. Several attempts have been made, but, no positive response has been forthcoming from the BCCI.

Prospects for the resumption of the cricketing ties have emerged with the new International Cricket Council Future Tours Programme (FTP) that includes a window for a full-fledged series between Pakistan and India in March-April next year, The Express Tribune reports.

BCCI Vice-President Rajiv Shukla termed it “a positive development”.

“The foreign minister met me and urged to find ways for revival of cricket between the two countries. We appreciate her keen interest in the matter and such developments are always important in a situation like this and we hope it will yield positive results,” he added.

Bureau Report