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Pakistan propose Test series with India in UAE

Pakistan hope to host their first bilateral Test series with India in eight years in the United Arab Emirates in December, according to PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan.

The series in the UAE would feature three tests, five one-dayers and two Twenty20 internationals and is part of a memorandum of understanding signed between the two boards last year to play five series in the next eight years.


We want to resume India-Pakistan series in the UAE.

- Khan said after a meeting with Indian cricket chief Jagmohan Dalmiya in Kolkata on Sunday.

"Preparations are in full swing. We have to overcome the final hurdle because an India-Pakistan series is more important than any series in world cricket."

Khan said while the security situation in Pakistan was improving, they decided to play in the UAE.

The reluctance of the Indian government to clear bilateral cricket matches against Pakistan due to political tensions has meant the two nations have not contested a Test series since 2007.

However, the neighbours continue to meet in multi-nation tournaments including the World Cup and the Champions Trophy.

Dalmiya said he was hopeful the series would go ahead, provided the Indian government gave the go ahead.


We are very hopeful of reviving the series.  

- Dalmiya said. 

"But a few things need to be sorted out. Without the support of the federal home ministry and the government, we can't go forward."

The BCCI said in a statement that it was "desirable to recommence cricket contact" with Pakistan.

"After proactive discussions, since there are certain matters that need to be addressed and considered, it was decided to take appropriate steps," the statement said.

"The two boards would be in regular touch and review the situation."

No Test-playing team has toured Pakistan since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009, leaving eight people dead and seven visiting players injured.

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