Pak-India bilateral cricket series set to be rejected by Indian government

SportsPak-India bilateral cricket series set to be rejected by Indian government

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The chances of a bilateral series between Pakistan and India have taken a hit as reports are rife that the Indian government have raised an objection to it and are set to reject the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) plea for the same.

“The government has given us an indication that public sentiment at the moment is not in favour. Also, there are only a few days left for the proposed series to start (in the latter half of December). If the government wanted us to play, we would have got clearance a long time ago. So, I don’t think this series is happening,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times on Friday.

After a lot of debate and discussion, Sri Lanka emerged as a possible venue for Pakistan’s ‘home’ series but the Indian government has poured cold water over BCCI’s intentions.

Even Sarbananda Sonowal, the sports minister, had thrown his weight behind BCCI’s hope to have an India-Pakistan series, saying the board needs to be supported.

“We play Pakistan in the World Cup. We played them in the 2015 World Cup, will play them next year in the Asia Cup. Then will again play them in the month of March in World T20. So when you play them in a multinational tournament in world events, then what stops you from playing them in a bilateral series. So thats the question we have to answer,” Anurag Thakur, the BCCI secretary, was quoted as saying.

Source: APP

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