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Sports Minister rules out India-Pakistan cricket series

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Minister Vijay Goel on Monday ruled out a bilateral cricket series with even as top officials from the Board of Control for Cricket in (BCCI) and the Cricket Board (PCB) were scheduled to meet in later in the day to discuss possibilities of a bilateral series.

The Minister made it clear that the Indian government will not allow resumption of bilateral cricket series as long as continues to sponsor cross-border terrorism.

"The should come up with a suggestion or proposal in this regard only after consulting the government. I had said earlier also that the possibilities of bilateral series with is very remote," Goel told reporters on Monday.

"As long as continues to sponsor terrorists, it will not be possible to have sporting ties between the two countries. Terrorism and will not run side by side," he added.

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

The arch-rivals from the Sub-continent will meet each other in a group clash of the upcoming Champions Trophy in Edgbaston, Birmingham on June 4.

"As far as multi-lateral events are concerned, we have no control over those. So the two countries will continue to play each other in such tournaments," Goel said.

The two arch-rivals last participated in a bilateral series in December 2012 when visited for a limited overs series that included three One-Day Internationals (ODI) and two Twenty20 Internationals.

has not played in a full bilateral series since 2007 when visited to play five ODIs and a one-off Test match.

However, worsening political ties and intermittent violence on the border has stalled any further bilateral cricket between the two countries.

Recently, the had also urged the ICC not to put the arch-rivals in the same group in global tournaments.

The two boards had signed an agreement to play six bilateral series the first of which was originally scheduled to take place in 2015.

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

--IANS

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First Published: Mon, May 29 2017. 13:44 IST
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