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Chairman PCB Shahryar Khan hopeful about Pakistan-India series in December

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NEW DELHI: Pakistan expresses its wish to host the first Test series by India in eight years in the United Arab Emirates in December, as said by PCB chairman Shahryar Khan.

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The tour, consisting of three Tests, five One-dayers and two Twenty20 matches is a part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the two cricketing nations last year to play five series in the next eight years.

“We want to resume India-Pakistan series in the UAE,” the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board told the media after a meeting with Indian cricket chief Jagmohan Dalmiya in Kolkata on Sunday.

“Preparations are in full swing. We have to overcome the final hurdle because an India-Pakistan series is more important than any series in world cricket,” he added.

The unwillingness of the Indian government to clear bilateral cricket matches against Pakistan due to political tensions has meant the two countries have not contested a Test series since 2007.

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But they continue to face each other in multi-nation tournaments like the World Cup or the Champion Trophy.

The chairman of Indian cricket board, Dalmiya said he was confident that the series will go ahead.

“We are very hopeful of reviving the series,” he said. “But a few things need to be sorted out. Without the support of the federal home ministry and the government, we can’t go forward.”

Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said that they are desireable to recommence cricket contact with Pakistan.

“After proactive discussions, since there are certain matters that need to be addressed and considered, it was decided to take appropriate steps,” the statement issued by Board of Control for Cricket in India added.

It further said that the two boards would be in touch consistently and review the situation.

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