No playing cricket in India this Dec, declares Pakistan
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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