Pakistan Cricket Board officials have confirmed that they held talks with the Board of Control for Cricket in India on the sidelines of the International Cricket Council meeting this week with a view to resuming cricket ties.
The two countries have four bilateral series lined up between 2012 and 2020 in the new Future Tours Programme, although only the 2012 series has been given a pre-determined number of matches.
“We have talked to India on February-March tour of 2012, and will hold negotiations with them to try to finalise that tour as soon as possible,” PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed told reporters on his return to Pakistan.
That tour is due to comprise three Tests and five one-day internationals according to the FTP, but would require the sign-off from the respective governments.
The two countries faced off in the semi-final of the World Cup earlier this year.
Meanwhile Pakistan’s cricket administrators will be speaking to their government about implementing new ICC rules which stipulate that cricket boards can no longer be influenced by national governments.
PCB chairman Ijaz Butt was appointed by the president of the country, meaning Pakistan is one of three countries – along with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh – who are directly affected by the new ruling.
The ICC gave cricket boards 12 months to free themselves from governmental and political interference, with a further 12-month grace period to enact the changes before any sanctions would be considered.
“How we implement this reform will depend on our talks with the government,” Ahmed confirmed. Cricket365