NEW DELHI -- Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Friday said that the Indian government's decision on the much-awaited India Pakistan series will be made in the favour of the country.
"Indian government is extremely sensible. I think the cricket control board and the people who are associated with the game are quite loyal. And they will take decision in the favour of the country," Naqvi told the media.
According to reports, the Board of Control for Cricket In India (BCCI) is seeking for the clearance from Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to play the bilateral series against Pakistan in the third country.
Earlier, the official spokesperson of MEA Vikas Swarup had tweeted that no decision has been taken on the India-Pakistan cricket series yet.
Meanwhile, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla had said that the India-Pakistan series will tentatively be held in neutrally decided venue Sri Lanka from 15 December which will mark the resumption of cricketing ties between the two sides.
Shukla's comments came hours after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reportedly gave his nod for his country's cricket squad to play series against India in Sri Lanka.
The venue for the proposed bilateral series was decided after the top officials of India and Pakistan's cricket board met at headquarters of the International Cricket Council in Dubai on Sunday.
India has not played a full bilateral Test series with Pakistan after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
The last time the two nations played was in 2012-13 when Pakistan visited India for a three-match One Day International (ODI) and two-match Twenty20 series.
According to a memorandum of understanding signed between the PCB and BCCI, both countries are scheduled to play six series between 2015 and 2023 after a clearance from the Indian Government.
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