NEW DEHLI: The Indian government has rejected any possibility of cricket series with Pakistan.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir ruled out cricket series under the current circumstances, Indian media reported.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has written a letter to the Home Ministry seeking permission for a bilateral series to complete their obligations under the Future Tours & Programme (FTP) agreement which was inked in 2014.
The Indian board is looking at a September or November window to play Pakistan. The BCCI had reserved September for the Champions League T20 but the tournament has been discontinued.
It is learnt that the BCCI wants a short series in November in Dubai before the Indian tour of South Africa,” The Indian Express had said quoting sources in the BCCI.
“Permission has been sought from Home Ministry, we don’t know what is the government stand. Last time, tension between the two countries was at its peak. Also, there is the FTP agreement that needs to be fulfilled and that’s why the board is willing to travel to Dubai to play a series against Pakistan. Unless the government gives its nod, the BCCI cannot do anything,” it added.
The cricket has been affected badly due to the political tensions between the two countries. The BCCI has repeatedly made commitments but refused to play a bilateral series against Pakistan. Although both teams have faced each other during World Cup and other tournaments but last time they played a Test match was in 2007.