The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday confirmed that India will host arch rivals Pakistan for three ODIs in December.
India’s cricket board says three one-day internationals to be played in India have been planned for December.
The last bilateral series between India and Pakistan was in 2007-2008 when the Pakistani team visited India.
Cricketing ties were suspended after the 2008 Mumbai attacks, blamed on a Pakistan-based militant group.
The Working Committee of the BCCI met in Delhi earlier today. Several key issues were discussed.
- It was decided to resume cricketing ties with Pakistan by inviting the Pakistan cricket team for a short series in December 2012 – January 2013. The modalities will be worked out shortly.
- The recommendations of the Special Committee on the revision of the Ranji Trophy format were approved.
- The 27 teams will be divided into three groups of nine sides each.
- The following teams will qualify for the knockout stage:
- The top three teams from Group A.
The top three teams from Group B
The top two teams from Group C
- The inter-state tournament for the under-22s will be referred to as the ‘A’ teams tournament, and will feature cricketers in the under-25 age-group.
- It was decided to grant amnesty to Mr. Kiran More.
- The India ‘A’ team will tour New Zealand in September-October 2012.
- Chhattisgarh will be allowed to participate in the under-16 inter-state tournament (Plate Group).
- The NKP Salve Challenger Trophy will feature the winners of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, and two teams to be picked by the All-India Senior Selection Committee.