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Pakistan President Zardari hails resumption of Indo-Pak cricket series


July 18, 2012 - Islamabad, Pakistan

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari hailed India's decision to renew cricketing ties with Pakistan. He has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying that the resumption of cricketing ties between the neighboring countries will build a formidable confidence and a positive atmosphere in bilateral relations.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has invited Pakistan to play three one-day international matches and two Twenty20 matches in December-January. This is the first bilateral contest between the neighbours in five years.

Following is the text of Zardari's letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Asif Ali Zardari's letter to Manmohan Singh

Excellency,

You would recall that in my recent visit to India, we discussed resumption of cricket ties between Pakistan and India.

I am glad to learn that the Cricket Boards of Pakistan and India have agreed to resume cricket matches after a gap of five years. I am sanguine that cricket matches between our two countries would prove to be a formidable confidence building measure and a way forward towards encouraging people-to-people contacts. Undoubtedly, it would add to the positive atmosphere which has been witnessed by the two countries after resumption of the bilateral dialogue.

I avail this opportunity to convey my best wishes to Your Excellency’s health and for the well being of the people of India.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurance of my highest consideration.

(Asif Ali Zardari)

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