ISLAMABAD - Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has sent special invitations to President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani to watch the World Cup semi-final match to be held at Mohali on 30th March. According to Foreign Office, it has received the invitations and duly forwarded them to concerned quarters. Agencies add: In a clear bid to invoke cricket diplomacy, Manmohan Singh on Friday invited Zardari and Gilani to watch the epic encounter between India and Pakistan at Punjab Cricket Association ground in Mohali on Wednesday. Singh has decided to watch the high-voltage semi-final between the archrivals. According to the sources in the Indian government. I propose to be at Mohali to watch the World Cup semi-final match between India and Pakistan to be held on 30th March, Singh said in a letter to President Zardari. There is huge excitement over the match and we are all looking forward to a great game of cricket that will be a victory for sport. It gives me great pleasure to invite you to visit Mohali and join me and the millions of fans from our two countries to watch the match, he said. Singh wrote a similar letter to Gilani, inviting him and his wife to join him at Mohali. Meanwhile, according to a Pakistan TV channel, Foreign Office in Islamabad has confirmed receiving a letter from Indian government. However, the Foreign Office spokesman said no decision had been made yet on whether to accept the invitation. India and Pakistan have slowly tried to repair relations and in February agreed to resume formal peace talks that were broken off in the wake of the Mumbai attacks. The concept of 'cricket diplomacy between the two countries is not new. Former President General Ziaul Haq made a similar visit to India as far back as 1987. Singhs invitation comes as ties between the countries are still tense following the Mumbai attacks. It is a good gesture. We should take it in the spirit of sportsmanship, Wajid Shamshul Hasan, Pakistans High Commissioner (Ambassador) to London, told Indian TV network CNN-IBN. Noting cricket happens to be a religion in both the countries, Hasan said that whether the Pakistani leaders could accept the invitation depends on their engagements. This is a very positive step. It gives hope to (peace-loving) people, prominent human rights activist Asma Jahangir told CNN-IBN. Were coming back to cricket diplomacy. The point is not to win the game but the fact that we are playing together, she said. The politicians have to take this forward in a meaningful way. Indias Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Friday that every (security) precaution is being taken to protect the matches. On the cricket field, a knock-out World Cup match on Indian soil is the biggest fixture between the rivals for decades and excitement is already sky-high. Meanwhile, Indian authorities have put in place foolproof security arrangements for the Pakistani cricket team. Shahid Malik, Pakistans High Commissioner to India, told the Pakistani media that he had met Indian Home Secretary GK Pillai, who assured him that foolproof security had been put in place for the game. Indias foreign affairs and home ministries and cricket board are supervising the security arrangements, he said. We are in contact with them and the issue of security has been discussed, he said. Malik recalled that the Pakistani cricket team was provided all facilities during a previous visit. Pakistani citizens should go to India with their national flag to support the team as they did in the past, he said. The presence of Pakistanis in the stadium will help boost the morale of the players, he said.