15 Apr 2011

India and Pakistan 'to resume sporting ties'

1:05 pm on 15 April 2011

India and Pakistan have agreed to resume direct sporting links, including cricket games, reports say.

Sporting contacts were frozen following the the attack on Mumbai in November 2008 when Islamic gunmen launched co-ordinated attacks in which 166 people died.

India blamed Pakistan-based militants for the assault.

Several Indian newspapers cite government sources as saying the question of precisely when and where the first cricket series between the two countries might take place would be decided by the individual national cricket boards, AFP reports

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said it had yet to be formally notified of the decision to resume cricket ties.

The reports come two weeks after India and Pakistan played each other in the cricket world cup semi-final, a game watched by the countries' prime ministers.

At the time they vowed to repair their relations.