India has not played with Pakistan for the past few years after the latter has been responsible for so many terrorist activities including the attack on Indian Parliament. The position was made clear yesterday by Sports Minister Vijay Goel who said the Government will not allow a bilateral series until Pakistan stops the “cross-border terrorism”.
The news comes at a time when Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) has sought for a compensation of Rs.387 crores which it cites as a loss incurred for Indian counterpart not agreeing to play with their national team for which BCCI has responded seeking more time where both the board can meet up, discuss and arrive on a common consensus.
Goel said “BCCI should speak to the government before giving any proposal to Pakistan. I have made it clear that bilateral cricket with Pakistan is not possible till the time there is cross-border terror. We have, however, no say on multilateral events (ICC tournaments).”
PCB sought the compensation on the basis of Memorandum of Understanding which said that India will play atleast five bilateral ties from 2015-2023.
Amitabh Chaudhary, Joint Secretary of BCCI is expected to meet the officials of PCB to explain their position and reiterate that the series will not be possible until the Government of India agrees and is also believed that BCCI will not be paying any fees whatsoever in this regards which would come as a blow for the cash strapped PCB.