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    Dhoni in favour of playing Pakistan again

    Gurgaon: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday endorsed the idea of resuming the bilateral cricketing ties with Pakistan, but expressed his doubts over the scheduling of matches. "If Pakistan come and play here, it's good for us. But I don't know about the scheduling... How they will fit it. We are open to it [the idea of playing with Pakistan again]," Dhoni said.

    Relationship between the two neighbours hit a low following the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, and the bilateral cricket ties between the two countries were snapped since then. But the BCCI's invitation to PCB chief Zaka Ashraf to come to India and watch the IPL final and the inclusion of a Pakistan team in the Champions League Twenty20 indicated that things are on the mend now.

    Dhoni was also surprised by England batsman Kevin Pietersen's decision to announce his retirement from international limited-overs cricket. "That was a surprising news. He has been a fantastic cricketer. I really enjoyed his batting and his presence in the field, though not much as an opposition. Hope he continues to do great in Test cricket," Dhoni said.

    Dhoni reiterated his view about Gautam Gambhir's "aggressive" captaincy for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. "He is a bit more aggressive and expressive than me," Dhoni said.