KARACHI: Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf is hopeful that the resumption of bilateral cricket ties with India will also lead to an increase in people to people contact.
The Pakistani premier made these observations when the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Zaka Ashraf called on him in Islamabad on Friday to brief him about the upcoming tour to India and cricket matters.
"The Prime Minister praised the PCB chairman for his efforts in the resumption of bilateral cricket ties with India," an official in the board said.
"He is also confident that when Pakistan tours India it will also lead to better understanding and increased contacts between the people of both countries," he said.
Pakistan are due to tour India from December 22 to play two T20 matches and three ODIs, the first bilateral series between the two nations since 2007.
The media also reported that Raja Pervez Ashraf had made it clear to the PCB chief to make no compromises on discipline.
"The PM said that the board should follow a strict policy of merit only when selecting teams as the most deserving and best players could represent the country."
The PM also directed the PCB that in matters of discipline and code of conduct it should make no compromises regardless of the player involved.
In Pakistan the President of the country is also the chief patron of the board and directly appoints the chairman.