Shshryar Khan said he was confident that bilateral series would be resurrected © AFP
Shahryar Khan said he was confident that bilateral series would be resurrected © AFP

Lahore: Pakistan‘s cricket chief Thursday said his country was hopeful of reviving ties with arch-rival India with a series in December following what he called a “successful” meeting with his counterpart in New Delhi.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shahryar Khan visited India earlier this week and met his Indian counterpart Jagmohan Dalmiya as well as finance and information minister Arun Jaitley. READ: India and Pakistan are set to resume bilateral cricketing ties in December

Khan said he was confident that bilateral series — suspended since the Mumbai attacks in 2008 — would be resurrected.

“It was a successful tour and I met Dalmiya and Jaitley to talk about the revival of Indo-Pak series. Jaitley told me that he feels that the green light will be given. It’s not given yet but will be given in the next two months,” Khan told reporters.

Pakistan and India signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) last year to play six series from 2015-2023 pending their governments’ clearance, four of which will be hosted by Pakistan. READ: Indo-Pak series subject to Indian govt: PCB

The first series comprising two Tests, five one-dayers and two Twenty20 internationals is scheduled for December-January in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Pakistan’s adopted home since 2009.

Pakistan have been forced to play their home series in UAE since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009, forcing the suspension of international cricket on home soil. READ: BCCI-PCB to have second round of talks about India-Pakistan series

“When we signed the MOU there was a different government and now there is a new government so the Indian Board has to take permission with the incumbent one.” He also welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stance on the issue.

“After my meetings, PM Modi has given a statement in a parliamentary party meeting that he wants to play cricket with Pakistan, which is encouraging,” said Khan, a former foreign secretary instrumental in reviving ties in 2004.

“I told Dalimya that you, as then Indian cricket chief, set aside political problems in 2004 to play a historic series in Pakistan and that paved the way for people-to-people contact as well,” he added. READ: Rahul Dravid: BCCI and Sports Ministry should decide on India-Pakistan series

India last toured Pakistan in 2006 while Pakistan toured India in 2007. India also toured Pakistan to play in the multinational Asia Cup in 2008.