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Pakistan cricketers set to tour India

India could face Pakistan for the first time on home soil since the 2008 Mumbai attacks after announcing plans for a series later this year.

Indian artist Subala Moharana gives final touches to a sand sculpture on the eve of the India-Pakistan Cricket World Cup semi-final match in 2011
Indian artist Subala Moharana gives final touches to a sand sculpture on the eve of the India-Pakistan Cricket World Cup semi-final match in 2011

India could face Pakistan on home soil for the first time in five years after the country's cricket chiefs extended an invitation to their neighbours.

The working committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) invited Pakistan for the series, likely to be three one-day internationals, in starting at the end of this year.

Cricketing ties between the two countries were suspended after the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

"BCCI working committee decides to resume cricketing ties with Pakistan, by inviting them for a short series in Dec 2012-Jan 2013," the BCCI announced on Twitter.

Governmental approval is still needed by India for the series to go ahead, although this is expected to be worked out in short order.

The Pakistan Cricket Board welcomed the proposed cricket series, saying that millions of fans would be delighted.

PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf told local television channels that Pakistan was still waiting for a formal invitation for the series, but said "it seems it will surely be held later this year".

The two sides have faced each other since the attacks - including at the 2011 World Cup.

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