“No Cricket with Pakistan until terrorism stops” says India Sports Minister

 . Last updated on May 30, 2017, 2:41 PM
“No Cricket with Pakistan until terrorism stops” says India Sports Minister
Earlier BCCI denied PCB’s proposal to play at a neutral venue in UAE.


India Pakistan bilateral tournaments are far from being realities. Pakistan acted almost hastily pressing BCCI on skipped tournament due in 2015. PCB and BCCI had a meeting in Dubai recently to ease out the deadlock between the two. However, it had no positive impact with even voices from government contributing to the impasse. Earlier, before the meeting, as a response to BCCI, the India government made it clear India cannot play cricket with Pakistan at the same time when the nation is creating tension on Indian borders.

India Sports Minister Vijay Goel’s stance was loud and clear, “No cricket with Pakistan until terrorism stops.” The Minister further added, "BCCI should speak to the government before giving any proposal to Pakistan. I have made it clear that bilateral cricket with Pakistan is not possible till the time there is cross-border terror. We have, however, no say on multilateral events (ICC tournaments)."

After a failed Dubai meet, the two boards are expected to meet again during the Champions Trophy. There is also a possibility of ICC’s intervention on the issue if in case the disputes find no ways to settlements. BCCI cannot play bilateral cricket with Pakistan with the clearance from government. The next meet is most likely to take place in Birmingham. The issue will be also brought in ICC meeting.

PCB stirred the dispute earlier, sending a notice to BCCI. Pakistan Board claimed losses over suspended tour in 2015. In response, BCCI said, the MoU, as claimed by Pakistan was only an informal proposal. BCCI termed it as “just a letter” and not a formal “contract.” Still, the Board said, it is ready to play with Pakistan if government allows. Per PCB, an MoU was signed in 2014 between the boards to play six bilateral series from 2015 to 2023. In 2015, BCCI offered PCB an option to play in India, which it denied. In return BCCI declined the proposal to play at a neutral venue in UAE.

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