Ministry of External Affairs holds all cards
The Indo-Pak series saga has seen many twists and turns but final decision is yet to be taken as to whether the series will happen or not.
Senior BCCI official Rajiv Shukla has said in a most recent statement that the Ministry of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, will give out the final verdict on the series. While talking to a news channel Shukla talked about the future of this all important series (Quotes via NDTV)
“We have already applied with the Ministry of External Affairs. But since (External Affairs Minister) Sushma Swaraj ji is in Malta to attend the Commonwealth Summit, we are waiting for her to come back. The moment she comes back, she will decide about it,”
The two neighboring boards have already agreed on a short series in Sri Lanka and the Pakistan government has also given its official approval to the PCB. The only issue is now the Indian government level approval and so the ball is firmly in their court.
“The two boards (PCB and BCCI) have already taken the decision. Now it is up to the Indian government to decide. We are waiting for the government’s nod,”
Although Shukla was adamant that the political scenario should not intervene in sports but he said that the BCCI can not go ahead with the series without top level government approval.
“Sports should not be dragged into political and diplomatic controversies. We cannot decide on the series with Pakistan without the consent of the government. That is why we have written to the government and awaiting its response. The moment we get the response, we will let everyone know,”