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Sri Lanka to Host India-Pakistan Cricket Series This December?

PCB Chief Shaharyar Khan has said the final decision will be taken by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

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India last played Pakistan at the ICC World Cup earlier this year. (Photo: AP)
Snapshot
  • Sri Lanka is now the front-runner to host Pakistan’s ‘home series’ against India this December.
  • BCCI boss Shashank Manohar and PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan met at the ICC headquarters on Sunday.
  • The series is likely to be confined to three ODIs and two T20 Internationals.
  • A final decision on the venue and dates is expected on November 27.

Following the meeting of the two board chiefs in Dubai on Sunday, Sri Lanka is now fast emerging as the top choice to host a curtailed Indo-Pak cricket series this December.

With only a month’s window available after India finish their Test Series against South Africa on December 7, the series is likely to be confined to three ODIs and two T20 Internationals instead of the original two Tests, five ODIs and two T20 Internationals, according to top BCCI sources.

Things are moving fast after BCCI president Shashank Manohar and PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan met at the ICC headquarters in the presence of ECB supremo and chairman of ‘Pakistan Task Force’ Giles Clarke. The two boards had signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2014 to play a bilateral series. According to the MoU, Pakistan were supposed to host the first series this year but India have refused to play in either Pakistan or their ‘adopted home ground’, the UAE.

While PCB Chief Shaharyar Khan last week said there was no chance that the series would take place in India, he later added that the final decision would be taken by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

BCCI president Shashank Manohar and PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan met at the ICC headquarters on Sunday. (Photo: AP)
BCCI president Shashank Manohar and PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan met at the ICC headquarters on Sunday. (Photo: AP)
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A final call on the venue and dates is expected to be made on November 27. The series most likely to be played towards the second half of December.

India are slated to travel to Australia early next year with the first ODI starting on January 12.

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