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Indo-Pak Series May Be Held in England

The must awaited international bilateral series between India and Pakistan may now be held in England. This is being decided as part of the three terms put forward by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that the series should be held on a neutral venue as per daily Times of India.

BCCI had refused to send their team to Pakistan and so, as part of a neutral venue selection, England is seeming to be the most suitable option. Earlier, there were talks of the Indo-Pak series to be held in India and two of India's stadiums be leased by Pakistan. But, even that option didn't seem to work well as there were expectations of domestic opposition with it. There were also talks about the series to be held in Dubai. But, since Dubai is known to be the capital of illegal betting, BCCI did not want any kind of unwelcome attention or any betting scandal.

With England as neutral venue, both Boards have agreed upon this option. Grounds can be hired, television rights can be worked out equally for both countries and even security is not big an issue, at least not as much as in India and Pakistan.

India and Pakistan are all set to play 3 ODIs and 1 T20 match this winter, starting from December 27, 2012. The series would end in the first half of January, 2013. The talks of holding an Indo-Pak series began last year when India's Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh met former Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Gilani during the semi-finals clash between India and Pakistan in the 2011 World Cup. Afterwards, Manmohan Singh had a talk with BCCI chief Shashank Manohar, foreign minister SM Krishna and national security advisor Shivshankar Menon regarding the same.