Will India take cricketing diplomacy to Pak soil?

Last Updated: Apr 13, 2011, 14:32 PM IST

Zeecric Bureau

New Delhi: India and Pakistan may play a three-match ODI series this year after the cricketing ties between the two countries were severed following the 26/11 terrorist attacks on Indian soil.

Sources told Zeenews that the Indian government is open to the idea of an Indo-Pak ODI series, albeit after security issues are fully resolved, especially in view of the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team outside the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore in March 2009.

India were scheduled to tour Pakistan in early 2009 but the visit was cancelled in the aftermath of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which were blamed on the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba terror group.

Since then, the two countries have played against each other twice in One-Day Internationals -- at the Champions Trophy in South Africa and the World Cup last month.

Under the ICC`s Future Tour Programme, Pakistan is scheduled to tour India for a Test series in March next year.

India and Pakistan recently agreed to resume their peace process, which was stalled in the wake of the Mumbai attacks.

The cricket diplomacy initiated by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by inviting his Pakistani counterpart to watch the World Cup semifinal at Mohali has given a boost to the process to normalise relations.