Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel has said that India will not play any cricket bilateral series with Pakistan until the neighbouring country keeps sending terrorists to India, according to an ANI report. The minister made the statement ahead of a meeting between Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) which is scheduled for today. The meeting between the Indian and Pakistani cricket administrators will take place in Dubai, according to India Today.
Meanwhile, BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary has been seeking permission from the government to play against Pakistan for at least three months. Choudhary told PTI, ”The situation hasn’t changed, we asked the government to give us permission to play against Pakistan three months ago, we issued a reminder 15 days ago. Only the government can decide if we will face Pakistan on the cricket ground or not”.
PTI had earlier quoted a source as saying that the two cricketing bodies have decided to hold talks to figure out a solution. If no conclusion is reached after a second round then the matter will be raised in front of the dispute resolution committee.
The PCB, according to the Indian Express, has issued a notice to BCCI seeking USD 69.4 million for not honouring a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two cricket administration bodies.
India and Pakistan had attempted to use cricket diplomacy in an attempt to normalise relationship in 2011. The then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said, ”Cricket has become a uniting factor and I think one thing which we can agree is that the sporting links between our two countries should be normalised as early as possible”. Manmohan Singh had invited the then Pak PM Yousuf Raza Gilani to watch the match in India, according to an Indian Express report.