We will not play Hockey against Pakistan:Indian Hockey Federation

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NEW DELHI: Hockey India chief Narinder Batra reiterated his stance that the national team will not play Pakistan in a bilateral series until relations between the two countries improve and Pakistan Hockey Federation apologies for its players' indecent behaviour during the 2014 Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar. Secretary Anurag Thakur said that We all know Hockey India needs more money than BCCI but we trashed the MoU with Pakistan dating back to 2012 in the wake of cross-border terrorism. The sports administrator also vented out his anger and frustration on social media. "Hockey as of today is cash-starved and in a bilateral series with Pakistan, Hockey India could profit approx Rs 5 crore but respect for nation and our martyrs is of prime importance for us. When it comes to Pakistan, the money becomes irrelevant for Hockey India ," he commented. Batra reiterated his stance that Indian hockey team will not play Pakistan in a bilateral series until relations between the two countries improve and Pakistan Hockey Federation apologise for its players' indecent behaviour during the 2014 Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar. Reference Source: NDTV

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