Amit Shah rules out resumption of Indo-Pak bilateral cricket ties

Solenn Plantier
Juin 18, 2017

"I have already made it clear that any bilateral series with Pakistan is nearly impossible because there can not be sports relations between the two countries until there is terrorism from the Pakistani side", Goel has said last month in the national capital.

A day before title-holders India face Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final at London's Oval ground, the BJP chief Amit Shah today said India can not stop playing Pakistan in global tournaments, but made it clear that the two countries will not play each other on Indian or Pakistani soil.

"Do you want to say India should not play the Champions Trophy at all", Shah retorted when questioned about Sunday upcoming clash between the two countries at the Champions Trophy finale in London.

Responding to question in the press conference, the BJP president said, "Should India stop playing at global cricket tournaments now?" The last bilateral series in cricket was when Pakistan toured India in 2012.

Mr Goel added the BCCI must talk to the Indian government before proceeding with any proposal for such a series.

"Sports and terrorism can not go hand in hand", he added.

A fortnight ago, on May 30, officials of Board of Cricket Control of India and Pakistan Cricket Board had met in Dubai to discuss resuming bilateral cricket ties, but the meeting ended inconclusively.

However, Amit Shah also mentioned that neither India will play in Pakistan nor Pakistan will play in India.

The PCB had also demanded compensation close to United States dollars 60 million from the BCCI for not honouring the MoU signed when N. Srinivasan was at the helm of affairs in the Indian board.

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