NDTV is reporting that India and Pakistan will indeed be playing a short bilateral cricket series in Sri Lanka this month. After months of discussions, the PCB has just confirmed the news, having received the â€˜go aheadâ€™ from the Indian Government. The short series will be played between December 24 and January 5 and was earlier expected to feature three ODIs and two T20s. However, the channel is now reporting that only three limited overs matches look likely.
Also, both teams have international commitments early in January that cannot be rescheduled at this late time. India have to travel to Australia for a limited-overs tour that starts on the 12th with the first ODI while Pakistan go to New Zealand for a tour that starts with the first fixture on the 15th.
Despite playing in Sri Lanka, the series will be Pakistanâ€™s â€˜home seriesâ€™. The two boards signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2014 and it was to be the PCBâ€™s turn to host India and since teams do not travel to Pakistan due to security reasons, they had proposed playing in UAE, their â€˜adopted homeâ€™. However, the BCCI refused that as well and finally Sri Lanka was chosen as the middle ground.
India last played Pakistan in the ICC World Cup earlier this year. (Photo: AP)