Modi decides to renew cricket ties with Pakistan
NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to renew India’s cricketing ties with Pakistan, ARYSports.tv reports.
It should be noted that a BJP stalwart R.K. Singh had opposed India’s cricketing relations with Pakistan by accusing that the neighboring country is involved in the terrorist attacks in India.
“The government has decided to renew cricketing ties with Pakistan”, Modi told a meeting of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Modi informed the party meeting without inviting any advice from the party colleagues.
“We want to clear the air”, the Indian premier said while taking notice of the reservations of some of his party leaders.
Sources have said that some of his party leaders have expressed their reservations on the upcoming series against Pakistan in December at United Arab Emirates (UAE), where they are expected to play three test matches, two Twenty20 games and five one day internationals.
Pakistan had last toured India in late 2012 where they drew the T20 series 1-1 and clinched the three match one day series 2-1.
Modi said that the bilateral relations between Pakistan and India will improve by the renewal of the sporting ties.
“Cricket is one of the most watched sport in the world. Cricket viewers are always eager to see the two teams in action”, Modi said.
Chairman of International Cricket Council (ICC) Narayanswami Srinivasan had announced that India will renew its cricketing ties with Pakistan this year.
The two countries have signed Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) for playing six cricketing series in the next eight years.