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India visit: Is cricket diplomacy also on agenda of PM Nawaz?

LAHORE: Ahead of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to India, reports have begun to circulate whether the PM Nawaz will make use of cricket diplomacy to reinforce ties with the rival neighbor country.

In this connection, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today and discussed with him cricket affairs, with special reference to Pak-India series before the PM’s visit to New Delhi on May 26, ARY News reported.

PM Nawaz will be going to New Delhi to attend oath-taking ceremony of Indian Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi on May 26.

Modi is also a cricket enthusiast as well as the head of Gujarat Cricket Association.

During the Nawaz-Modi meeting, would-be Indian Cricket Board president Arun Jetli will also be present.

Nawaz Sharif is also expected to discuss with Modi the revival of cricket series with India.

If consented by both the governments, Paksitan-India will play six series from 2015 to 2023. Under the proposed plan, Pakistan will host India in four series.

Some experts say the beginning of the new era in Indo-Pak relations this time is expected to set off by cricket series.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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