India’s sports minister Mr Vijay Goel has ruled out any possibility of a bilateral series against Pakistan untill the “Cross-border terrorism” stops.
“Terror and sports cannot go hand in hand,” Goel told reporters, referring to the India Pakistan dispute happening in the Kashmir border. “India, Pakistan cannot play bilateral series till cross-border terror from Pakistan stops,” he further added.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy also lashed out at the BCCI and wrote on Twitter: “Has BCCI gone mad? Or since Srinivasan left has D company taken over again. No playing Cricket with Pak”
Has BCCI gone mad? Or since Srinivasan left has D company taken over again. No playing Cricket with Pak
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) May 29, 2017
The Indian and Pakistani cricket boards are scheduled to meet in Dubai on Monday to discuss a possible bilateral series. And the two countries play each other at the Champions Trophy in England on June 4.
According to a memorandum of understanding signed by the Board of Control of Cricket in India(BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) the two sides have to play six series between 2015 and 2023.But the sides have not played a bilateral series in India or Pakistan since 2012.
BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary has made it clear that the BCCI is commited to play against Pakistan, however “The series will not be possible without approval from the government,” said Choudhary.
The PCB has threatened to take legal actions against the BCCI if the memorandum is not honoured.