The Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) has finally agreed to play a bilateral series against Pakistan later this year in Dubai if the government of India allows it. According to The Indian Express, BCCI has approached the Home Minister, seeking permission to play a series against India’s arch-rivals to complete their obligations under the Future Tours & Programme (FTP) agreement which was inked in 2014. The two nations haven’t played any bilateral series in the recent past due to tension at the border.
An initiative was taken by the board when Shashank Manohar was still the President in 2016. Back then, BCCI wanted to host Pakistan for a short series but the government didn’t give clearance due to the tension between the countries and attacks on the Indian soldiers. Pakistan has shown continuous interest in playing against India, even if the series takes place at a neutral venue. If the government gives a clearance this time, the series can take place in Dubai.
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As of now, BCCI is looking to find a window in either September or November for this series. Earlier, the month of September was reserved for the Champions League T20 but the tournament has now been discontinued. Another window is in November before India’s tour of South Africa but in that case, it will be a short series. The two nations are also scheduled to play against each other on 4th June 2017 in the ICC Champions Trophy.
“Permission has been sought from Home Ministry, we don’t know what is the government stand. Last time, the tension between the two countries was at its peak. Also, there is the FTP agreement that needs to be fulfilled and that’s why the board is willing to travel to Dubai to play a series against Pakistan. Unless the government gives its nod, the BCCI cannot do anything,” a source was quoted by The Indian Express.