NEW DELHI - Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that the Indian government will have a final say on playing a bilateral cricket series against Pakistan. Dhoni, who averages 55.90 in ODIs vs Pakistan, said the government was the best judge.
"An India vs Pakistan series is not just sports, it's much more than that so the government is the best judge and up to them to take a call if we should play," Dhoni said.
India have not played any bilateral series with Pakistan since the limited-overs series featuring two T20Is and three ODIs in India in 2012-13. The Twenty20 series was drawn while Pakistan won the ODIs 2-1.
As per the ICC Future Tours Program, each of its member countries are bound to play against each other at least once and if India do not play with Pakistan, they would lose points.
As per the format, each team would play at least three home and away Test series respectively and members are free to negotiate more series (between 2019 to 2021) depending on availability. In 2014, BCCI and PCB had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.
However, after India refused to play Pakistan due to strained relations, the PCB sent a notice of dispute to the Indian Board, claiming losses due to the BCCI's refusal to tour Pakistan in 2015.