Indian Home Ministry has ruled out any possibility of a bilateral series between the arch-rivals Pakistan and India at any venue of the world, reported Indian Express.
Pakistan and India signed an agreement, the Future Tours and Programme (FTP) in 2014 according to which the two countries had to play six series in the span of eight years. As per the FTP, November was reserved for an Indo-Pak series, Indian Express further reported.
On Wednesday, the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) sought permission from their government for a bilateral series against the neighbouring country at a neutral venue of Dubai, however, their government has responded negatively.
“In the current circumstances cricket between India and Pakistan is not possible”, the minister told reporters outside the Indian parliament.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had recently said that they will sue BCCI for breaching the signed agreement, but now BCCI are claiming that they have done their part and it is their government that is causing the issue.
“It is procedure which the board has to follow. If we want to play Pakistan we can’t get up one day and say, we will be playing them. We need the government’s clearance way in advance so that we can plan it out,” said a BCCI official.
“If the government gives a green signal then the BCCI will decide where to play. If there is no approval from the government then we can invite other countries to play in that particular window. That is why the board had sent a letter to the ministry to clear their stand with regards to playing Pakistan,” the official added.
However, Pakistan and India are set to face each other in a Champions Trophy’s group match on June 4 at Edgbaston.