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Indian sports minister rules out cricket series with Pakistan

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May 29, 2017(Agencies)

Indian Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Monday reaffirmed India’s stance concerning a bilateral cricket series with Pakistan.

“Cricket and terrorism can’t go hand-in-hand,” the Hindustan Times quoted the minister as saying while he spoke to reporters in New Delhi.

“India and Pakistan can’t play a bilateral series till the terror from Pakistan remains,” Times of Indiaquoted Goel as saying.

“[The] BCCI should speak to the government before giving any proposal to Pakistan. I have made it clear that bilateral cricket with Pakistan is not possible till the time there is cross-border terror. We have, however, no say on multilateral events,” he added.

PCB-BCCI delegations meet in Dubai

The delegations of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) met in Dubai on Monday and shared their stated positions on the matter of resumption of bilateral series between the two countries.

“The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere and its outcome will be shared with the members of their respective boards,” a PCB spokesman here said.

The meeting was held in the backdrop of PCB’s delivering a legal notice to the BCCI for its failure to fulfill its cricket playing commitments with Pakistan as per a memorandum of understanding signed by the two countries.

Pakistan and India are due to play each other at the Champions Trophy in England on June 4.

While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been willing to hold negotiations with Pakistan regarding the bilateral series, they have maintained that the final decision rests with the Indian government.

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