BCCI seeks government permission to play Pakistan later this year

Published: March 29, 2017
India playing Pakistan in Asia Cup. PHOTO: AFP

India playing Pakistan in Asia Cup. PHOTO: AFP

The Board of Control for Cricket India [BCCI] is seeking permission from the Indian government to play  a series against Pakistan in Dubai later this year, the Indian Express reported.

According to the newspaper, BCCI wrote to the Indian Homes Ministry asking them to play Pakistan to “complete their obligation under the Future Tours & Programme [FTP] agreement” of 2014.

The news daily further reveals that the Indian team is ready to travel to Dubai –  Pakistan’s home venue, to play the series.

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“Permission has been sought from Home Ministry, we don’t know what is the government stand. Last time, tension between the two countries was at its peak. Also, there is the FTP agreement that needs to be fulfilled and that’s why the board is willing to travel to Dubai to play a series against Pakistan. Unless the government gives its nod, the BCCI cannot do anything,” a source told the Indian Express.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, PCB Chairman Sheryaar Khan said: “Let’s see what reply the Indian government gives to BCCI.”

“We will seek permission from our government then,” he added.

The Asia News Internation [ANI], however, reported that a BCCI source denied talks between PCB and BCCI.

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Due to tensions between the two countries, the government previously refused to give NOC when the board, headed by Shashank Manohar, asked to host a short series in 2016.

The BCCI has given a September-November window to play arch-rivals since the Champions League T20 tournament in September was discontinued, clearing Indian team’s schedule until it heads for the South Africa tour.



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Reader Comments (9)

  • Sunil
    Mar 29, 2017 - 10:34AM

    We do not want to have anything to do with Pakistan. No cricket, no trade, no nothing.Recommend

  • vaibhav
    Mar 29, 2017 - 10:39AM

    no way this sud happenRecommend

  • Mohammed Mirza
    Mar 29, 2017 - 10:45AM

    Why not play it in Pakistan? I hope this happensRecommend

  • LOL
    Mar 29, 2017 - 10:46AM

    what about Pakistan’s isolation plan ? LOOOL Modi.Recommend

  • maarige
    Mar 29, 2017 - 10:52AM

    drama as usual by BCCIRecommend

  • zahid hussain
    Mar 29, 2017 - 11:27AM

    I think keeping games out of politics is extremely necessary on both sides of the borders. If we conduct an opinion poll whether India / Pakistan should play each other the response will be a big “YES” from the 90% population of the region who have to do nothing with the ugly politics of their respective governments / forces and the so called nationalists….

    Playing bilateral series on a neutral venue is a good prospect. I sincerely hope this materializes and millions enjoy these mouth watering contests. The presence of equal numbers of Pakistani and Indian spectators in UAE will make the series a treat to watch…Recommend

  • Haris
    Mar 29, 2017 - 1:38PM

    No one is dying to play with IndiaRecommend

  • Shahid
    Mar 29, 2017 - 2:56PM

    the present Indian regime is an extremist outfit, wont allow.Recommend

  • Aakashvaani
    Mar 29, 2017 - 5:22PM

    @Haris: Yes, you all are dying to play with India; just ask your actors, singers, players; They will eat anything we throw at them.Recommend

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