If rumors surrounding the fate of Indo-Pakistan bilateral ties are to be accepted, then cricket lovers are in for a delightful treat. An insider within the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination recently told PTI that India and Pakistan are likely to play a test series in England, in the summer of 2016. If the news is indeed true, then it will indeed be a fascinating aspect for all the followers of the game.
“PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan has sought permission of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the foreign ministry to play a limited-overs series with India in Sri Lanka next month,” the source said. The plan is that Pakistan would tour India in 2017 for a full series while before that India will play us in two phases. Indications are that the Tests will be held in England in summer,” he added.
In the recent meeting held in Dubai between Shahryar Khan and Shashank Manohar, ECB chairperson Giles Clarke was also present, acting as a mediator. It was Clarke, who suggested the two boards to contest in a test series in England. “Manohar made it clear that cricket relations were also being affected because of confidential discussions between the two boards being made public in the media,” the source said.
However, in the near future, officials of both the boards are expected to be tight lipped about any development, unless they get the required clearances from the government. “That is one reason why Shaharyar has declined to give details of his meeting with the Indian board chief,” the source said.