Any sentence with the words India and Pakistan in it can set the world, here, abuzz. Add the word cricket to the mix and it is a pot-boiler of drama. So as Pakistan rejoiced, India was left divided as to whether the resumption of bilateral cricketing ties is the way forward for the two countries.
There are three questions to the entire issue of playing a bilateral series (of course, this is simplifying a complex problem greatly). The following, however and as usual, does not claim to answer any.
1) Why is Pakistan this elated?
For a country which has not seen any international cricket in its own stadiums since the attack on the Sri Lanka team, anything seems to be good. A match against the richest Board?the World Champions? It is like a full-toss on a free-hit. (news read: Pakistan wants revenue share in series with India)
From former players to the President of the country, the jubilation at Board of Control for Cricket in India's decision to invite their team in December has perhaps been received as longingly as American aid once used to be taken.(news read: Indo-Pak series bigger than Ashes: Afridi and Pakistan welcomes India's decision to play)
Those were the days and these are the days. Of course, to say that the need for Pakistan was more would be blasphemy. The Indian Board has needs too!