India and Pakistan are set to play a limited overs series that will include two T20 Internationals and three One-Day Internationals. At this time, the dates have been set for the series from 24th December 2015 until 5th January 2016. The series will be taking place in Sri Lanka.
Although the dates have been confirmed by the Pakistan Cricket Board, it appears that India would prefer to change the dates, bringing the series forward by a few days. The proposed new dates for the series are from 18th December 2015 until 1st January 2016.
The reason for the possible change is that the India team will be traveling to Australia to begin a limited overs series on the 6th or 7th January. The players would be tired, and have no time to rest and recharge if they finish the India-Pakistan series on 5th January.
In addition to this, the conflict is not only problematic for India, it will affect the Pakistan team too. The Pakistan cricket team is traveling to New Zealand for a limited overs series that begins on 7th January.
A source from the Pakistan Cricket Board commented on the currently confirmed dates, noting: “The series will be played probably in Sri Lanka in such a manner that both the teams leave for their tours to New Zealand and Australia straight from Colombo.”
In addition to this, the source also noted that there is a chance that the series would be shortened, with a possible two One-Day Internationals instead of three. There would still be two T20 matches.
Originally, the series was set to take place in the United Arab Emirates. The Board of Control for Cricket in India made the decision that it did not want to send its team to the Middle East at this time, and had offered to host a series in India. The Pakistan Cricket Board turned down the offer explaining that there could be security concerns for their team.
The series is expected to go ahead in Sri Lanka, although as noted above, changes may still be made to the schedule.