Cricket diplomacy was in abundance at a rare reception given to Narendra Modi at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground with the Prime Minister saying a "new journey" in India-Australia relationship has begun.
Union Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur on Thursday said that `Cricket Diplomacy` was part of an agenda set by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to build confidence between India and Pakistan.
The CPI welcomed the cricket diplomacy and talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza
Gilani on the sidelines of the World Cup semi-final match between the two countries at Mohali.
Problems between India and Pakistan have continued despite cricket match invitations, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray said, while attacking PM Manmohan Singh for inviting Pak President and PM to the World Cup cricket semi-final.