Indian Cricket Team will not play Bilateral Series against Pakistan
According to reports, Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Monday has once again clearly stated that a bilateral series will not be feasible until cross border terrorism stops. Notably, India has not played any bilateral cricket with Pakistan since 2007.
However, India and Pakistan will definitely lock horns in ICC Champions Trophy in UK next month. As per reports, Board of Control for Cricket in India and Pakistan Cricket Board Officials are scheduled to meet in Dubai today, but Vijay Goel’s message to BCCI is very clear.
The minister further added, “BCCI must talk to the Indian government first before proceeding for any such series.”
He said, “Terrorism and Cricket cannot go hand in hand. Pakistan in spreading terrorism in Kashmir and it is indulged in cross- border terrorism. In that case, we cannot have a bilateral series.”
Notably, BCCI and PCB had signed a MoU to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023. Earlier this month, the PCB had sent a legal notice of dispute to Indian board, claiming losses for BCCI’s refusal tour in 2015.
BCCI is currently helpless as nothing can be done without the permission of the Indian government. The last bilateral series between India and Pakistan was played in 2012- 2013. It was a limited over series featuring two T20Is and 3 ODIs. The T20 series was drawn and Pakistan won the ODI by 2-1.
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