It's a big 'no' to bilateral cricket with Pakistan

Apart from the moral imperative of not giving the Pakistan government the impression that it is all hunky dory which it is not, the security of the players and officials can hardly be guaranteed in each other's land considering the animosity all around.

"I still love Pakistan but I love India more now".

The government was forced to make its stand clear to quell any thoughts the BCCI may have had of fostering cricket ties in a diplomatic gesture at its meeting with the Pakistani board in Dubai.

The next meeting between the two boards could take place in Birmingham, where India play Pakistan in the Champions Trophy.

This battle on the cricket field makes an exception of worldwide tournaments like the impending Champions Trophy at which ironically the two sides will play each other in London on June 4 and subsequently if they qualify to play again after the elimination stage.

Chennai: The deadlock on bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan continues after the union government categorically rejected it on Monday.

Insisting on politics-free sports, Mashal said the final agreement with the Pakistan Cricket Board will become ready after the technical teams of the two country have thorough discussions and finalize the agreement.

BCCI and PCB met in Dubai on Monday to discuss bilateral series but failed to conclude it on a positive note.

Goel said the government wouldn't give its nod until the "cross-border terrorism" stops. "The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere and its outcome will be shared with the members of their respective boards", said a brief statement from BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Choudhary.

"Ab koi muqabla nahi raha India Pakistan ka (India-Pakistan match is not the contest it used to be)". "We have, however, no say on multilateral events (ICC tournaments)". However, up against a formidable side in the form of Virat Kohli-led India (who are also one of the favourites), the chances for Pakistan.

The cash-strapped PCB's finances heavily depend on a series with India.

The said MoU to play six bilateral series from 2015 to 2023 was signed between the two boards in 2014.

  • Julie Sanders