Govt set to reject Indo-Pak series
NEW DELHI: Cricket fans may have to wait a while longer for India and Pakistan to resume their famed rivalry. The NDA government is believed to have signalled to the cricket board that it is not in favour of playing with the neighbour as of now, even at a neutral venue like Sri Lanka.
“The government has given us an indication that public sentiment at the moment is against Pakistan, which is involved in anti-India activities. Also, there’s only a few days left for the proposed series (latter half of December). If the government wanted us to play, we would have got clearance a long time ago. So, I don’t think this series is happening,” a top official at the Board of Control for Cricket in India told HT on Thursday. An external affairs ministry spokesperson, when asked about the request pending with the ministry, said, “We are yet to take a decision.”
The BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur echoed this, saying the board had not received any official word from the government. The government is also believed to have disapproved of the public statements made by some BCCI officials. Board sources said IPL chief and Congress MP Rajeev Shukla’s remarks, that sports and politics should not be mixed, did not go down well with the Centre. Shukla questioned why cricket was being targeted when India continued to play hockey with Pakistan.
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