"As a sports minister, my main objective is to promote sports. For better friendship and relationship, we want the series to take place," Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Sarbananda Sonowal told media persons on the sidelines of a function here.

Pakistan Cricket Board chief Shahryar Khan recently flew into the city and met his Indian counterpart Jagmohan Dalmiya on the issue. Khan later said Pakistan was ready to host the bilateral series comprising three Tests, five ODIs and two T20 games in the United Arab Emirates in December.

Sonowal also said the government was doing everything to help out the Indian medal prospects ahead of the Rio Olympics next year.

"We're targeting more and more medals from the Rio Olympics, that's the prime objective. For this purpose, we're helping out the best possible medal prospective athletes. We are all supporting, whatever needs to be done we're all doing."

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