Govt says 'no' to bilateral cricket with Pakistan

Kathleen Mckinney
May 29, 2017

Sports minister Vijay Goel today made it clear that the government will not allow any bilateral cricket between India and Pakistan till the time "cross-border terrorism" does not stop.

Kumble's tenure ends after ICC Champions Trophy in June, and the BCCI is now looking for the next head coach.

On May 3, the PCB sent a legal notice to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for not honouring an MOU, signed in 2014, to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.

India and Pakistan, however, will continue to play each other in worldwide tournaments.

According to the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Future Tours Programme, the Indian team is scheduled to play Pakistan in a bilateral series later this year.


On the other hand, PSL chairman Sethi remarked if the meeting remains unsuccessful then another meeting will be held. Due to the rising issues between coach and cricketing body, the latter chose to open up applications for the post of the coach of the national side. "So the two countries will continue to play each other in such tournaments", Goel said. However, if the PCB is still to remain adamant, the BCCI in no way will be paying them any compensation.

Earlier, BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary was quoted as saying that a bilateral series with Pakistan is possible if the government gives the go-ahead.

However, New Delhi denied clearance for the series following turbulent relations between the two countries in the aftermath of Uri attack and tensions on the Line of Control.

In case Sehwag decides to join the race for the post, he will have to present his case before the Cricket Advisory Committee comprised of Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, VVS Laxman.

"He [Umar Akmal] has failed two fitness tests during the ongoing camp in England ahead of Champions Trophy", Shahryar Khan had told a website.

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