Monday, June 26, 2017
News

India rules out cricket series with Pakistan (Third Lead)

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

New Delhi | Monday, 2017 9:15:04 PM IST
 
India on Monday said it won't play a bilateral cricket series with Pakistan as long as Islamabad continues to support and sponsor cross-border terrorism.

Sports Minister Vijay Goel made it clear that the Indian government will not allow the bilateral cricket series as long as Pakistan continues to use terrorism as an instrument of state policy.

"The BCCI should come up with a suggestion or proposal in this regard only after consulting the government. I had said earlier also that the possibilities of bilateral series with Pakistan are very remote," Goel told reporters here.

"As long as Pakistan continues to sponsor terrorists, it will not be possible to have sporting ties between the two countries. Terrorism and sports will not run side by side," he added.

India and Pakistan, however, will continue to play each other in international tournaments.

The arch rivals from the sub-continent will meet each other in a group clash of the upcoming Champions Trophy at Edgbaston, Birmingham, on June 4.

"As far as multi-lateral events are concerned, we have no control over those. So the two countries will continue to play each other in such tournaments," Goel said.

Goel's remarks came ahead of a meeting between officials from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in Dubai on Monday to discuss possibilities of a bilateral series.

The Indian board was represented by BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary, CEO Rahul Johri and General Manager (Cricket Operations) M.V. Sridhar while the Pakistani delegation was led by PCB Executive Committee head Najam Sethi.

Following the Sports Minister's declaration, the BCCI officials reportedly told their PCB counterparts that the series will not go ahead.

"The delegations of the BCCI and PCB have met in Dubai today and shared their stated positions. The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere and its outcome will be shared with the members of their respective boards," the BCCI said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, Chaudhary had said that a bilateral series with Pakistan was possible if the government gave the go-ahead.

"We are not averse to a bilateral series with Pakistan. But everything depends on whether the government gives the clearance," Chaudhary told a news channel. "The series will not be possible without approval from the government."

Pakistan last visited India in December 2012 for a limited overs series that included three One-Day Internationals (ODI) and two Twenty20 Internationals (T20I).

India has not played Pakistan in a full bilateral series since 2007 when Pakistan visited India to play five ODIs and a one-off Test match.

Since then, worsening political ties and accusations of terrorism hurled at Pakistan have stalled bilateral cricket.

Recently, the BCCI had urged the ICC not to put Pakistan and India in the same group in global tournaments.

The financial health of the cash-strapped PCB depends to a large extent on a bilateral series with India.

The two boards had signed an MoU in 2014 according to which the two countries were to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.

Last year, the PCB offered to host the Indian team for a bilateral clash in the United Arab Emirates. But the BCCI had rejected the venue.

The PCB sent a legal notice to the BCCI on May 3, initiating proceedings to seek compensation of around $70 million for not honouring the agreement to play six bilateral series.

--IANS ajb/bg

( 583 Words)

2017-05-29-20:48:25 (IANS)

Watch News Videos

 
  LATEST COMMENTS (0)
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
MORE SPORTS NEWS
India thump West Indies in 2nd ODI (Seco...
Kidambi Srikanth wins Australian Open Su...
Lopez, Cilic to square off in Queen's Cl...
Portugal, Mexico reach Confed Cup semifi...
British tennis player Evans tests positi...
Liverpool complete 34.3m pound signing o...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
Germany reach semis as referee needs VAR...
Modi greets nation on Eid-ul-Fitr...
Partly cloudy Monday morning in Delhi...
Dream of developed India will be fulfill...
Prez polls: Meira appeals for votes in l...
Three CRPF jawans injured in IED blasts ...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
Celebrities wish love, peace on Eid... 
Federer lifts ninth Halle Open titl... 
Tyson Gay misses out on world champ... 
Vijay, Murugadoss film to go on flo... 
Pakistan tanker blast toll reaches ... 
Japanese airbag manufacturer files ... 
Pyongyang marks Day of Anti-US Stru... 
Partly cloudy Monday morning in Del...