BCCI Chief Anurag Thakur, on Friday, obliterated all hopes of an India-Pakistan bilateral series. Thakur in an interaction with the media said that the priority was to expose Pakistan as a country that sponsored terrorism. He further said that there was no chance of India playing cricket with such a nation. The whole country has been reeling under the grief and anger following the terror attack in Uri which saw the deaths of 18 Indian soldiers. India hasn’t faced Pakistan in a bilateral series since 2006.
Though, it has to be noted that Thakur had the same opinion back in 2015 when he was holding the post of BCCI secretary. Talking to the media back then, he had said that cricketing relations between the two countries were not possible till there was a stability between both the countries. He had cited the example of cross-border terrorism and said that if there was firing across the border and people were getting killed, how could the country play cricket with Pakistan. Though, he had maintained that it was his personal view and would comply with whatever decision the BCCI takes.
Meanwhile, Pakistan, who have just overthrown India from the top of the ICC test rankings haven’t played an international match at home, following the terrorist attack on the bus carrying Sri Lankan players to the ground for a match in 2009. Pakistan has since played in UAE which has been their makeshift home away from home.