Indian cricket chiefs on Monday said they had invited Pakistan for a series later this year, their first in five years, in a further sign of improving ties between the neighbours.

If approved by the two governments, the series would comprise three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 games in December-January, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said.

The nations have not faced each other in a Test or one-day series since the end of 2007 – bilateral relations were severed following the Mumbai terrorist attack in 2008.

They have, however, played each other four times since then, including a meeting in last year’s World Cup semi-final in Mohali that was won by India.

The BCCI announced on Twitter: “BCCI working committee decides to resume cricketing ties with Pakistan, by inviting them for a short series in Dec 2012-Jan 2013.”

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf told local television channels that he was still waiting for a formal invitation for the series, but said: “It seems it will surely be held later this year.

“The decision is great and we welcome it. It seems that millions of cricket fans have their wishes fulfilled.”

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