NEW DELHI (AP):
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PBC) is happy with the security arrangements being made for a tour of India that will revive cricketing ties between the two neighbouring countries.
Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman Nadeem Sarwar was part of a four-man team that visited India to inspect preparations.
"We've visited all five venues and are satisfied with the arrangements, including security and facilities for spectators from Pakistan," Sarwar told The Associated Press yesterday. "This advance team has been looking into all logistics and not just security."
First series in 5 years
Pakistan will stay in India from December 22 to January 6 to play three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 games in the first series between the countries in five years.
The last series between the two neighbours was when Pakistan visited India in November 2007. Cricket ties were broken after a 2008 terror attack in Mumbai in which 166 people were killed, with India blaming Pakistan for the tragedy.
India and Pakistan have since played each other in International Cricket Council tournaments, including in the 2011 World Cup semi-finals at the northern Indian city of Mohali.
Cricket officials from both countries held a series of meetings in Dubai, Chennai and Malaysia to work out the resumption of cricketing ties, while Ashraf met several government and BCCI officials when he came to watch this year's Indian Premier League final in May.
Pakistan's tour will start with Twenty20 games at Bangalore on December 25 and Ahmedabad on December 27, while the one-day games are scheduled to be played in Chennai on December 30, Kolkata on January 3 and New Delhi on January 6.