No play­ing cricket in In­dia this Dec, de­clares Pak­istan

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Jasvin­der Sidhu let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: The chances of re­viv­ing one of sport’s great ri­val­ries vir­tu­ally ended on Thurs­day af­ter Pak­istan de­nied its cricket team per­mis­sion to play in In­dia cit­ing se­cu­rity con­cerns, scut­tling plans for a pro­posed bi­lat­eral se­ries in De­cem­ber. The two coun­tries are also un­likely to play in the UAE as pro­posed by the Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) be­cause the In­dian gov­ern­ment is not ex­pected to give per­mis­sion due to the pres­ence of al Qaeda and the Is­lamic State in west Asia.

“The Pak­istani gov­ern­ment po­si­tion is that the PCB can­not play in In­dia with­out the gov­ern­ment’s per­mis­sion, which has not been given. The gov­ern­ment raised se­cu­rity and safety is­sues for the PCB re­gard­ing play­ing in In­dia,” Na­jam Sethi, chief of the PCB’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, told HT.

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