Amit Shah rules out resumption of India-Pak bilateral cricket ties

"India and Pakistan will continue to play at global tournaments but neither India plays in Pakistan nor Pakistan plays in India", Shah, who heads the Gujarat Cricket Association, said, a day ahead of the clash between the arch rivals in the Champions Trophy final in England.

"They (Pakistan) are a good side, but we have had a good start to the tournament".

It is being speculated that around 2000 crore is going to be wagered on the India vs Pakistan match in the Champions Trophy final according to estimates by the AIGF.

Hasan's achievement is all the more impressive given he only made his ODI debut in August previous year.

Reacting to Sarfraz's match-winning knock against Sri Lanka that helped Pakistan seal a semi-final berth against England, whom they overpowered easily on Wednesday, Aamir didn't sound too pleased and said that external factors were the reason behind Pakistan's passage to the final.

The pick of his dismissals was when Ben Stokes, fresh from his ODI best 102 not out in Australia in the group stage, was completely deceived by a slower ball that landed on a near yorker length and spooned a catch to mid-off.

With the comments against Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed landing him in hot water, former skipper Aamir Sohail has backed down on words that harboured along allegations of match fixing claiming that he was misunderstood.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah on Saturday categorically stated that India and Pakistan will not feature in any bilateral cricket series but would continue to participate in global tournaments.

"The mistakes we committed in the first game will not be repeated and we will try to execute the plans given by coaches", he added.

The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 reaches its business end as the final of the global tournament is all set to be held at the The Oval in London on Sunday. "I enjoy it very much and I hope (Pakistan) fans will pray that I do this four or five times in the final".

However, it would not be an easy one for the Men in Blue to defend their title as they would face a charged-up and equally confident Pakistan, who surprised everyone by beating favourites England in the first semi-final at Cardiff on Wednesday.

  • Zachary Reyes