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Sri Lanka could host India-Pakistan cricket series


First, the much-awaited bilateral series between India and Pakistan was supposed to be held in UAE. Then, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) insisted that it take place in India.

Finally, Sri Lanka has emerged as the neutral venue of choice to host the series, comprising three ODIs and two T20Is to be played between December 20, 2015 and January 3, 2016. Sri Lanka's cricket board (SLC) officials confirmed this development to TOI on Monday.

With BCCI president Shashank Manohar opposed to playing in UAE - Pakistan's adopted home - and Pakistan not willing to play its home series in India, the two boards came up with this compromise formula after Manohar and Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan met in Dubai on Sunday. England and Wales Cricket Board chief Giles Clarke played mediator.

Sri Lanka was asked to host the series, which was accepted by SLC after its interim committee members met late on Monday. TOI had first reported on Sunday that Sri Lanka could be the neutral venue for the series. "PCB has sent a letter to SLC interim committee president Sidath Wettimuny asking f they could hold the series against India here. We had a meeting of the interim committee this evening and decided that it would be a pleasure to host both India and Pakistan in Sri Lanka. We'll have to get the tour cleared by Sri Lankan sports ministry, of course, since the interim committee works under them," SLC interim committee vice-president Kushil Gunasekera told TOI from Colombo on Monday.

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