Indo-Pak Tests likely in Eng­land next year

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NEW DELHI: From Sri Lanka to Eng­land, In­dia and Pak­istan seem will­ing to go the dis­tance to play cricket. With the is­land na­tion ex­pected to host lim­ite­dovers matches be­tween the two ri­vals in De­cem­ber, Eng­land is emerg­ing as a pos­si­ble venue for a Test se­ries in the sum­mer.

While the last the two sides played a Test se­ries was in 2007, me­dia re­ports on Wed­nes­day said Eng­land was dis­cussed as a pos­si­ble venue when Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia pres­i­dent Shashank Manohar and Pak­istan Cricket Board chair­man Sha­har­yar Khan held talks in Dubai over the week­end.

When reached for com­ments, Manohar said, “I will not re­act to any­thing which comes in the me­dia.”

A source in Pak­istan’s min­istry of inter-provin­cial co­or­di­na­tion said the PCB chief had sought Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif’s clear­ance for the se­ries in Lanka — tech­ni­cally Pak­istan’s home se­ries — and had also in­di­cated In­dia was will­ing to play Tests next year.

With crick­et­ing ties vir­tu­ally mov­ing in tan­dem with the state of bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship —which is of­ten strained — the fi­nal de­ci­sion is that of the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship.

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