Pakistan and India are set to resume their cricketing ties after a five-year break later this year. According to statements issued by the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the neighbouring countries will play one-day international and twenty20 matches between December 23 and January 10.
India was due to tour Pakistan early 2009 but the tour was called off following the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai. While Pakistan and India played each other in international tournaments once each year from 2009 until 2012, a bilateral series between the countries was being sidelined. With security problems in Pakistan, there were little chances of India touring the country and there were reports of a neutral venue being considered for a series. Now, however, it has emerged that the series will be played in India and while there is a long way to go until the logistics and details of the series are confirmed until December, the bilateral cricket ties between both countries seem to be back on track.
While the series comes as a much needed ice-breaker, it remains to be seen how the news is received by the masses on both sides. Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar has reportedly criticised the move by BCCI to confirm the series against Pakistan, basing his reaction on the Mumbai attacks.
Dawn.com invites its readers from both sides of the border to share their thoughts on the decision to resume bilateral cricket ties.
Should Pakistan and India resume their bilateral cricket ties?
How will the proposed cricket series help break the ice between the governments on both sides?
Is it a good idea to use a cricket match (or series) to bring together people of both countries, including their leaders, as was the case in Mohali last year?