Indian parliamentarian opposes Pakistan-India series in December

Published: May 11, 2015
A file photo of the match between Pakistan and India during the 2015 World Cup. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of the match between Pakistan and India during the 2015 World Cup. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of the match between Pakistan and India during the 2015 World Cup. PHOTO: AFP A file photo of Shahryar Khan. PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI: A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentarian,  RK Singh, said on Monday that the proposed India-Pakistan cricket series planned to be played in December in the UAE should not happen, Express News reported.

Former home secretary and MP from Bihar’s Arrah, RK Singh, raised the issue in the Lok Sabha during zero hour.

“A country which is giving shelters to the terrorists, who have attacked and had carried out bomb blasts against us, what is a point of playing cricket with that country, I don’t understand,” said Singh.

“Most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim is in Pakistan as the home minister has just stated. You don’t have friendly relations with a country which sends terrorists across the Line of Control everyday. I would request the government to reconsider the decision seriously.”

Shahryar Khan positive for an India-Pakistan series

Earlier, the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman said on Sunday that they want to resume cricketing ties with India after waiting for eight long years, with a three-Test, five-ODI and two-Twenty20 matches tour.

The tour is part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the two boards last year to play five series in the next eight years.

“We want to resume India-Pakistan series in the UAE,” Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, told reporters after a meeting with Indian cricket chief Jagmohan Dalmiya in Kolkata on Sunday.

“Preparations are in full swing. We have to overcome the final hurdle because an India-Pakistan series is more important than any series in world cricket.”

The reluctance of the Indian government to clear bilateral cricket matches against Pakistan due to political tensions has meant the two nations have not contested a Test series since 2007.

But they continue to meet in multi-nation tournaments like the World Cup or the Champions Trophy.

Jagmohan Dalmiya, BCCI chairman, said he was hopeful the series will go ahead — provided the government gave the green signal.

“We are very hopeful of reviving the series,” he said. “But a few things need to be sorted out. Without the support of the federal home ministry and the government, we can’t go forward.”

The Board of Control for Cricket in India said in a statement that it was “desirable to recommence cricket contact” with Pakistan.

“After proactive discussions, since there are certain matters that need to be addressed and considered, it was decided to take appropriate steps,” the statement said.

“The two boards would be in regular touch and review the situation.”
No Test-playing team has toured Pakistan since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009, leaving eight people dead and seven visiting players injured.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • pakistani
    May 11, 2015 - 12:51PM

    “No Test-playing team has toured Pakistan since militants attacked the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009,”

    why don’t u just say “indians attacked the sri lankan team” rather than millitants. we all know who sponsor them.Recommend

  • Third Umpire
    May 11, 2015 - 1:44PM

    Memorandum of understanding between PCB and BCCI notwithstanding, government of India will never allow its cricket team to play against Pakistan.Recommend

  • tanu
    May 11, 2015 - 2:09PM

    There cannot be any sporting relationship with pakistan till Mumbai accused are free in Pakistan. No government in India can permit, least of all Modis. Just a gas balloon to pacify critics of PCB.Recommend

  • May 11, 2015 - 3:08PM

    modi is a clever man he will not be allowed to play with Pakistan till Mumbai attack result came ….Recommend

  • Third Umpire
    May 11, 2015 - 3:33PM

    @kartikey mishra: Brother Mumbai attacks were handy-work of Indian agencies. The purpose from Indian side was to keep Pakistan away from Kashmir issue and also malign Pakistan internationally. Recommend

  • Hindustani
    May 11, 2015 - 3:43PM

    Well done Mr. RK Singh,

    The bllod of 190 innocent indians are more precious than the Cricket Series.

    Buffoons like Jagmohan dalmiya & N Sreenivasan can say anything But the Last Say is indian People and Govt.Recommend

  • Umer
    May 11, 2015 - 3:45PM

    I have strong doubts on this tribune group, is this Pakistani news paper ?Recommend

  • Truth Detector
    May 11, 2015 - 3:55PM

    I keep emphasizing again & again, Pakistanis should show some self-respect & disengage from Indians as much as possible, cricket, movies, etc. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    May 11, 2015 - 4:25PM

    @Hindustani: We also demand the fair trail of over 100,000 Kashmiri killed by Indian army. Along with this, we also demand that Modi should be bring to the international court of justice for the Gujarat massacre. Similarly, we also demand the free and fair investigation of Samjhoota express in which Indian army is involved. Lastly, even a child knows in Pakistan from the hindi style urdu of ajmal qasab, that he was trained by RAW to malign Pakistan. In the very last, no Pakistani wants cricket with India but it is our corrupt politicians. Recommend

  • Point
    May 11, 2015 - 5:33PM

    A nation whose ministers has an extremist mind against other religions or nations. What more can you expect from its people.Recommend

  • Mozart
    May 11, 2015 - 5:40PM

    @Truth Detector:

    I keep emphasizing again & again,
    Pakistanis should show some
    self-respect & disengage from Indians
    as much as possible, cricket, movies,

    Agreed! I also can’t understand what is the fixation of a certain segment of Pakistanis with India. Good thing is that most of the younger generation doesn’t care about India. I for one don’t even know the names of the Indian actors and actresses.Recommend

  • Rizwan
    May 11, 2015 - 8:46PM

    @Third Umpire:
    Don’t make stupid allegations, and don’t believe every conspiracy theory you hear.Recommend

  • JSM
    May 11, 2015 - 10:50PM

    @Third Umpire:
    You tell good jokes sir.Recommend

  • SK
    May 11, 2015 - 11:43PM

    Great. simply dis-engage with India. Don’t keep asking for resumption of bi-lateral talks and cricketing ties. Pakistani singers/actors/ex-cricket players come to India for money and fame. No one cares for them back home.Recommend

  • Saif
    May 12, 2015 - 12:42AM

    whole world knows who harbours terrorists and who had OBL as state guest for several yrs !Recommend

  • Saif
    May 12, 2015 - 12:46AM

    well its is better for u ppl to start winning against Bangladesh then think about playing against top sides !Recommend

  • JSM
    May 12, 2015 - 8:09AM

    Correctly stated. Pakistan can not get Jammu & Kashmir from India. They have tried war 4 times- they can try again and again. They should not try to engage India in any dialogue. We in India have learnt how to deal with their non-state actors; they should learn to deal with these actors on their side.Recommend

  • ABC
    May 12, 2015 - 11:41AM

    And we all know, why India doesn’t want to play Pakistan. Remember the last bilateral series which happened within India?

    Aa raha hay Pakistan :P Recommend

  • Ryan Subbu
    May 12, 2015 - 12:36PM

    India should not engage with any sort of entities till Kashmir insurgency is totally stopped and also their anti India stand.

    Now every top Pakistan officials goes to others countries with a bowl. Why should we entertain them in a neutral venue, instead let our cricketers take rest and spend their time with families, and go on a tour to Zimbabwe and Kenya who makes sense.Recommend

  • Ck
    May 12, 2015 - 2:13PM

    It looks like your sports desk is not aware of the difference between a Minister and a Parliamentarian !!Recommend

  • san
    May 12, 2015 - 4:36PM

    Please…correction needed !!!
    RK Singh is not a minister. He is a MP (Member of Parliament).Recommend

  • Timorlane
    May 12, 2015 - 8:33PM

    As a Pakistani I also oppose this series because the old witches

    with no sense of self respect for this country would make the team

    lose against India to appease Indians for condescending to

    play with Pakistani team. They have done that in Bangladesh

    and would do that again. The corrupt Pakistani ruling class has no

    sense of self respect. They can lick any animal’s paws for money.Recommend

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