LAHORE-Finally there is some good news for Pakistan cricket in terms of playing a bilateral series on its soil - against India early in 2009. The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI), divulged PCB's director cricket operations Zakir Khan, has approved the itinerary for January-February 2009. The rubber, he said, contains a three-day warm-up game, three Test matches, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 fixture. The series would provide not just the Pakistan team but also the much disappointed aficionados, who had to put up first with the 'postponement' of the series against Australia, with a similar fate befalling the Champions Trophy after much wrangling between the Asian bloc and the quartet of 'white' nations. This would indeed be the first meaningful cricket being played in this neck of the woods since South Africa visited us in 2007 - though Asia Cup was played in June this year, and before that Bangladesh and Zimbabwe were invited to fill in the vacuum created by Australia, the only country not to have set foot in Pakistan since 1998. The tour would also provide the Pakistan Cricket Board with an opportunity to fill up on its much depleted coffers, for the tour of India is always a big draw - among the crowds here but more importantly with those corporate lords who control the flow of marketing dollars and rupees - both Indian and Pakistani.