England likely venue for Indo-Pak Tests next year

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Karachi, Nov 25: The much talked-about India-Pakistan cricket series could be played out in two parts with Sri Lanka hosting the limited-overs games next month and England being the venue for Test matches next year.

Speculation is rife that the arrangement has been agreed upon during a meeting of BCCI President Shashank Manohar and Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan in Dubai but a formal announcement is yet to come through.

PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan has sought permission of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the foreign ministry to play a limited-overs series with India in Sri Lanka next month.

Shaharyar is also understood to have indicated that India was willing to also play some Tests against Pakistan next year.

The plan is that Pakistan would tour India in 2017 for a full series while before that India will play us in two phases. Indications are that the Tests will be held in England in summer.

Pakistan is due to tour England for a full series from July onwards and in 2010 played two Tests against Australia at the Lord’s and Headingly with considerable success due to the large South Asian population in the United Kingdom.

India and Pakistan have not played a test match since 2007.

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