LAHORE - The upcoming Pakistan-Indian series comprising two Twenty20s and three ODIs will herald a new era between the two neighbouring countries, said Pakistan former legendary bowler Waqar Younis.

"The upcoming series will herald a new era in Pakistan-Indian cricketing ties. You can feel the pressure when the two sides are involved in a contest. There's nothing much entertaining than that. It's same as the Ashes series," the legendary bowler added.

Waqar Younis reportedly said: "The Pakistan-India cricket match is mother of all games. It's unfortunate that less cricket was played between the two neighbouring countries since 2004."

Waqar has expressed his delight at the decision of Pakistan and India cricket revival for a shorter formats series being commenced from December 25 to January 6,

Meanwhile, Wasim Akram, who is associated with the Kolkata Knight Riders as bowling coach, expressed joy at the recent thaw in relations between the two countries. "It's a new beginning and I hope that we play each other on a regular basis. The beauty of Indo-Pak series lies in the pressure we go through," Wasim said.

While India and Pakistan have a bitter history since the partition of the two countries back in 1947, cricket has always managed to bring the people from both sides of the border closer to each other. After the terrorists attack in Mumbai in 2008, the Indian freezed the cricketing ties with Pakistan and the two nations have only faced each other in the World Cup 2011 semi-final played in Mohali and avoid a bilateral series.

Apart from Wasim and Waqar, former cricket legends of neighbouring countries have welcomed the revival of cricket between the two nations and termed it a good omen for cricket boost in the subcontinent.

However, the efforts of Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf who worked for the revival of cricketing ties between Pakistan and India after assuming the charge, broke the ice and finally convinced the BCCI authorities to resume all cricketing ties. It is now expected that the BCCI will send the PCB almost 3,000 tickets for Pakistani fans that enable them to witness the matches to boost their morale in the match against the arch-rivals India.

–HAROON SIDDIQUI