India-Pakistan Series Gets Government Clearance
A One-Day International series between India and Pakistan scheduled for December looks set to go ahead after the Indian government gave their approval.
The five-match series would bring to an end a five-year hiatus in bilateral series between the two rivals following the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, although the two sides met in the 2011 World Cup semi-final in Mohali as well as the recent ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.
Pakistan have been forced to play their home game in United Arab Emirates following a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team convoy in 2009, although earlier this month they successfully hosted two exhibition Twenty20s against a World XI team.
A high level of security for both sets of players and fans is expected to be provided.
The announcement of the series back in July came after Pakistan side Sialkot Stallions were invited to participate in the Champions League Twenty20, for the first time, further evidence of relations between the two countries cooling somewhat.
The series is due to get underway on 25th December and will comprise three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals.
The full schedule and venues is yet to be finalised.
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