17 Jul 2012

India to resume cricket with Pakistan

10:38 pm on 17 July 2012

India looks set to resume bilateral cricketing ties with Pakistan after a gap of several years, with plans for Pakistani cricketers to tour India in December.

Cricketing ties were suspended after the attacks in Mumbai in 2008, which India blamed on a Pakistani group.

India's cricket board says three one day internationals and two Twenty20 matches are planned for December. Pakistan Cricket Board welcomed the proposal.

BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla says Chennai, Calcutta and Delhi will host the one day internationals. The T20s will be played in Bangalore and Ahmedabad

The BBC reports government approval is still needed for the series to go ahead, but analysts say that is just a formality.

Earlier this month, the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan met in Delhi and the two sides discussed their willingness to have more sporting contact.