LAHORE – Bilateral cricket series for the revival of cricketing relations between Pakistan and India now looks in doubt because of non provision of the schedule of the series in time, it has been learnt.India has to provide the much-awaited two weeks long tour schedule, to be held in the last week of December. Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Zaka Ashraf had enquired from the officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) during a meeting in Colombo regarding the series schedule. They told that they would send schedule soon but so far PCB has not received any reply from the Indian side after passing of more than two weeks. Zaka said relations with the BCCI remained good in recent times and both boards have realised the importance of having regular bilateral cricket matches.  "The positive thing after such a long time is, a bilateral series has been approved and obviously the schedule will be announced after proper clearances," he said adding that a home series is being played in India, so obviously as soon as they feel fit, they would send the schedule," Ashraf said.On the other hand, the BCCI has sought Indian government approval for Pakistan tour and awaits government decision on the proposed series. It is learnt that BCCI officials are expected to meet the authorities to seek a clear directive regarding Pakistan's tour of India."We will announce the arrival of the Pakistani team only after government gives us nod to allow Pakistan players in India. As far as the BCCI is concerned, the Board will do whatever it takes to revive the series, but we can't give exact time when Pakistan will tour India," a top BCCI official, who didn't want to be named, told TOI. Whenever a national team visits India for a series, the concerned team takes permission from the Home Ministry but BCCI cannot follow the same procedure for touring Pakistan team.Despite the hectic schedule at home till March 2013, BCCI is keen on squeezing a one-off T20 against Pakistan but only after getting approval from the government. Since it is related to arch-rivals Pakistan, BCCI needs to get a 'go ahead' from the top most authority in the government, in order to finalise the fixtures and revive bilateral ties between the two countries.The tour is expected to be started from December 25, 2012 to January 6, 2013 and Pakistan team will depart for India on December 22 if tour approved by the Indian government.It is worth mentioning that this bilateral series would be first between the two countries after Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008. The arch-rivals have not played a series since Pakistan's tour of India in 2007. The Indian and Pakistani cricket teams have only met in international tournaments since 2007. The PCB had requested the BCCI to include Mohali as one of the venues for the matches to allow more Pakistanis to visit India for the matches but their request was politely turned down by the Indians.The India verses Pakistan 2012-13 bilateral series is a part of Future Tour Programmes prepared by International Cricket Council (ICC). Hopefully this tour would not backfire on Pakistan, since it had cancelled its visit to Zimbabwe which was scheduled at the same time.