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Asian rivals accept royal invite

India and Pakistan are to play a special one-day match at the invitation of the Prince of Wales.

The game will be played in Glasgow on 3 July and it is hoped it will raise more than 2.5m for various charities in the UK and sub-continent.

The Prince proposed the Friendship Cup match to mark the 60th anniversary of India and Pakistan's independence.

It is being organised by the British Asian Trust and up to 5,000 tickets are on sale through an online ballot.

"This will be an amazing occasion as both our nations have not met outside the World Cup or the ICC Trophy in the United Kingdom.

"With such large Indian and Pakistani-origin populations it will be a fantastic opportunity to play such a match in aid of such a wonderful cause," said lalit Modi, vice-president of India's Board of Control.

"The game was His Royal Highness's idea and we are pleased that together with Cricket Scotland we have been able to put this into our tour of the United Kingdom."

The plan was also welcomed by the Pakistan Cricket Board, whose director of cricket operations, Zakir Khan, said: "We are very pleased that we have been able to make this game happen with the help of Cricket Scotland and the BCCI.

"Glasgow will be a great venue as there is a great passion for cricket across the UK which will make it a fantastic match, collecting funds for a most worthy cause."

India and Pakistan have one of the most intense rivalries in world cricket. The two sides last met in a two-match series in Abu Dhabi 13 months ago, which ended tied 1-1.

The Friendship Cup match follows India's involvement in a triangular series in Belfast against Ireland and South Africa.

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