NEW DELHI – Just before the two boards were going to meet today in Dubai, the Indian government has on Monday ruled out any cricket series against Pakistan until “cross-border terrorism” stops.
The PCB and BCCI are scheduled to meet in Dubai today to discuss a possible bilateral series. And the two countries play each other at the Champions Trophy in England on June 4.
But they have not played a bilateral series in India or Pakistan since 2012.
India’s sports minister Vijay Goel said: “India, Pakistan cannot play bilateral series till cross-border terror from Pakistan (stops).”
“Terror and sports cannot go hand in hand,” Goel told reporters, referring to India’s accusations against Pakistan in the disputed Kashmir region.
“BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) should first talk to the government before giving any proposal to Pakistan.”
While bilateral series remain frozen, their clashes on the international stage, such as at the Champions Trophy, create high anticipation.
“We have no control on multi-national games and events,” Goel said.
According to a memorandum of understanding signed by the BCCI and its Pakistan counterpart, the two sides have to play six series between 2015 and 2023.
However, India did not tour Pakistan and even refused a neutral venue in 2015. The possibility of India hosting their neighbors this year also looks bleak with political tensions over Kashmir on the boil.
With input from ARYSports