Lahore: The Indo-Pak semi-final clash on Wednesday was special, India stormed into the finals of the World Cup and now it seems that bilateral ties between the two countries will resume soon.

The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ijaz Butt on Thursday said that the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asserted that bilateral cricketing ties between the two countries would begin again soon.

Butt said that his meetings with the chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Sharad Pawar and the president of the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) Shashank Manohar had been fruitful.

"They both are in agreement that there is a need to now work on having a bilateral series soon and the modalities will soon be looked into," Butt said.

"The Indian Prime Minister has also indicated that the bilateral ties will resume soon," he added.

Butt also refuted that the Pakistan team had lost to India in the World Cup semi-final because of spot-fixing.

"This talk about the match being fixed is rubbish. The fact is India played better cricket than us on the day and deserved to win the match," he said.

The PCB chief also backed the decision of the management to play left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz instead of the experienced Shoaib Akhtar in the crucial semi-final.

"I think Wahab showed with his performance he was a better choice than Shoaib. Unfortunately, there were fitness issues with Shoaib and it is a fact that in his second spell he found it difficult to even stand on the field,” he added.

(Agencies)