The Indian government declined the BCCI request to permit renewal of the cricketing bonds between Pakistan and India.
India has not toured Pakistan and even refused to play at a neutral venue in 2015. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has threatened to take legal action against the BCCI if the memorandum is not honoured, but it is still ready for dialogue. The Senior management of Cricket Boards from Pakistan and Indian are scheduled to meet in Dubai on Monday to discuss a possible bilateral series.
Both countries have not played bilateral series since 2012. According to a memorandum of understanding between BCCI and PCB the two sides during 2015 and 2023 have to play 6 series.
While declining the India’s sports minister Vijay Goel commented:
“BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) should first talk to the government before giving any proposal to Pakistan.” It may be noted that BCCI had written a letter to the government about 3 months ago and then sent a reminder about 15 days ago.
“India, Pakistan cannot play bilateral series due to cross-border terror (stops).”
BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary clarified that India “is committed to play”, however, “the series can only go ahead upon approval of the Indian government”.
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