A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Pakistan’s tour of India cleared by home ministry

India and Pakistan have not played a series since 2007

Fans can officially start the celebrations after India’s home ministry cleared Pakistan’s limited overs tour of the country in December.

The decision was finalised after a meeting between ministry officials and senior representatives from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in New Delhi.

Some of the representatives from the BCCI at the meeting included chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty, Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajiv Shukla and chief executive Sundar Raman.

After the meeting, Shukla said: “We have discussed all security aspects (and) the tour is on.”

Pakistan’s tour of India will consist of three ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals and is expected to end on January 7.

This tour is the first between the two arch-rivals since 2007, despite them having met in various tournaments in recent years.

After the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, which was carried out by Pakistani militants, the BCCI cut all ties with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

The decision to hold a series came after BCCI president Narayanaswami Srinivasan and PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf held numerous meetings to resume bi-lateral ties.

Pakistan are supposed to host the next bi-lateral series, but thanks to the attacks carried on the Sri Lankan national team in March 2009, no international team has dared step foot in the country due to security and safety concerns.

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