PCB still hopeful of India series this year

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With a Pakistan political delegation headed to India this week for talks to ease tensions between the nations, the Pakistan Cricket Board are hopeful of a resumption of play between them and the BCCI.

Sartaj Aziz, and adviser to the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, will go to India for the talks, and the PCB hope there will be enough room to bring cricket back between the nations for the first time since 2008.

Back then, a terror attack in Mumbai was blamed on Pakistan, and since then there have been no bilateral sports of any kind between the countries. An attack in Gurdaspur in India earlier this year didn't help tensions.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan said of the political talks: "Mr Aziz is going and I had a meeting with him on Monday.

"If his visit brings down the political temperature then I think the chances of Indo-Pak cricket series will increase."

He added that he wished politics would be kept away from sport: "Indian board wants conducive political atmosphere for cricket but our view is that cricket and politics must be kept apart."

There is a tour proposed for December this year, in the UAE, and Pakistan are waiting to hear if the Indian board will approve it.

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