India and Pakistan are set to renew bilateral cricketing ties over the holiday season with the Indians set to play host when Pakistan come calling over the Christmas and New Year Period to play two T20 internationals and 3 ODIs over a two-and-a-half week time frame. The last time a bilateral series took place between the two Asian powerhouses was nearly 5 years ago when Pakistan toured India in 2007.
The Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008 resulted in a suspension of cricketing relations between the two countries. India were scheduled to tour Pakistan in 2009, and the PCB were keen on hosting the upcoming series in lieu of the revenue loss they claim to have incurred as a result of the decaying relationship between the two neighbours. India, however, declined to play the series at a neutral venue, forcing the PCB to cede their right to play host next, in exchange for a revenue share of this series.
Pakistan will land on Indian shores in Bengaluru on 22nd December, and will play the first T20 International at the same venue on Christmas Day on what is guaranteed to be a full house. They will next head over to Ahmedabad for the 2nd T20 on Thursday, the 27th of December.
The first ODI takes place in Chennai on Sunday, followed by Kolkata and Delhi on 3rd and 6th January respectively in 2013.
The two teams met most recently in the Twenty20 World Cup where India maintained their perfect record against their arch rivals on the biggest stage of all.
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