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Pakistan Welcomes Cricket Contest With India

Pakistan and India faced off in a semifinal match at the ICC Cricket World Cup in Mohali, India, in March 2011.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has swiftly welcomed the first proposed cricket series with India in five years. The board's chairman, Zaka Ashraf, said the move would delight millions of cricket fans.

Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India issued a statement saying it had invited Pakistan for a short series in December-January and that the details would be "worked out shortly."

Pakistan last toured India in November 2007.

Cricket ties between the neighboring rivals were broken after a terror attack in Mumbai in 2008 for which India blames Pakistan.

However, the teams have played each other in international tournaments, including the World Cup semifinal at Mohali (India) last year.

The governments and the cricket boards of both countries have been trying to revive ties in recent months.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP