Expressing keenness for bilateral series with Pakistan in UAE, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sought permission from the Union government for it, according to reports on Wednesday.

The board has written to the Home Ministry, seeking its permission for the India-Pakistan bilateral series in Dubai, sources said.

Team India last played Pakistan in a bilateral series in 2012-13 when the arch-rivals visited India for three ODIs and two T20Is. India lost the ODI series, while the T20I series ended in a draw.

If a bilateral series happens between the neighbouring nations, it would comprise three Tests, five ODIs and two T20 internationals, according to the reports.

The bilateral series is expected to be held in September-November 2017.