Pakistan kick off India tour on December 25

Pakistan will open their first limited-overs series in India for five years with a Twenty20 international in Bangalore on December 25, the Indian cricket board announced on Thursday.

A general view of the inside of M. Chinnaswamy cricket stadium in Bangalore, January 2011. Pakistan will open their first limited-overs series in India for five years with a Twenty20 international in Bangalore on December 25, the Indian cricket board announced on Thursday.

The tourists will play one more T20 match in Ahmedabad on December 27 before a three-match one-day series starts in Chennai on December 30, the Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement.

Kolkata and Delhi will be the venue for the other one-day internationals, the Indian board said after securing government clearance to host Pakistan.

The rivals have not played a series since Pakistan's tour of India in 2007, after cricket ties were broken following the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai by militants from Pakistan.

The countries -- where cricket is hugely popular -- have fought three wars since independence in 1947.

The Indian and Pakistani cricket teams have met only in international tournaments since 2007.

They clashed in the 50-over World Cup semi-final in the northern Indian town of Mohali last year, a match that was attended by both countries' prime ministers.

India and Pakistan also played during the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in March. Both matches were won by India.

Schedule:

Dec 22: Arrival in Bangalore

Dec 25: First T20 international in Bangalore

Dec 27: Second T20 international in Ahmedabad

Dec 30: First ODI in Chennai

Jan 3: Second ODI in Kolkata

Jan 6: Third ODI in Delhi

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