Colombo - Sri Lanka has offered itself as a
neutral venue for a proposed series between arch-rivals India and Pakistan to
break a deadlock over where to play the matches, cricket officials said
The island nation emerged as a likely
solution after crisis talks at the weekend between the two rivals in Dubai
failed to end the stalemate.
"We have made the offer," a Sri
Lankan Cricket board official said, adding the teams had been given the option
of playing in Colombo and Kandy or Colombo only.
"We are awaiting a response from the
PCB," he said, referring to the Pakistan Cricket Board.
India and Pakistan were scheduled to play
two Tests, five one-dayers and two Twenty20 internationals in December and
But Sri Lankan officials said that with
time running out, the series would be shortened to limited-over matches if
played on the island.
A Board of Control for Cricket in India spokesperson declined to comment.
Pakistan have been playing their home
series in the United Arab Emirates because of security fears at home, but India
have refused to play there for the upcoming tournament.
India and Pakistan have not played a full
series since 2007. New Delhi halted all cricket matches with Pakistan following
the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, although they did play a limited-overs series in
India blamed militants based in Pakistan
for the attacks which left 166 people dead.
Last month, hardline Hindu activists
sabotaged talks between India and Pakistan cricket officials in Mumbai,
underscoring the anger still felt by some.
Under a 2014 memorandum of understanding,
both countries' cricket boards had agreed to play six series between 2015-2023,
with four to be hosted by Pakistan. But all series were subject to clearance
from their respective governments.