Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur on Friday ruled out any possibility of India playing Pakistan in a bilateral series in the near future amidst escalated tensions between Delhi and Islamabad, in the aftermath of the Uri terror attack and ceasefire violations, in the past few weeks. Thakur said that the priority of India is to expose Pakistan as a country which sponsors terrorism. This comes after a war of words took place between the two countries at the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raking up Kashmir issue and India responding with playing up Pakistan's role in promoting terrorism in the South-Asian region. Also Read- Uri terror attack's shadow on BJP National Council meet
“Priority is to expose Pak as country which sponsors terrorism. No question of playing cricket which such a nation”, Thakur said on Friday, laying to rest any doubts that anyone might have had relating to the resumption of cricketing ties between the two countries. However, of late no proposal from any side was made for a bilateral series, but Thakur made it clear that BCCI is not willing to play a series with Pakistan at the moment. Also Read- Lack of coordination between two guard posts at Uri army camp: probe
The two teams last met in a bilateral series in 2012 when Pakistan toured India. However, the series comprised of three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and two T20Is. The last time India and Pakistan played a Test match against each other was in 2007 in Bangalore. There were couple of bilateral series to be played between these two, but due to escalating tensions were cancelled in the subsequent years.
Priority is to expose Pak as country which sponsors terrorism. No question of playing cricket which such a nation: Anurag Thakur, BCCI Chief pic.twitter.com/YVmgvVCPNH
— ANI (@ANI_news) September 23, 2016
Both India and Pakistan however continue to face each other at international tournaments like World Cup. Pakistan even travelled to India earlier this year in March to take part in the World T20 tournament amidst the reports of pull out.
Not just bilateral series, but Pakistani players' participation in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) is also hit due to the simmering tensions between the neighbours in recent years. The two teams, however, are now scheduled to play each other next year in June to be held in England. But for now any bilateral series between these two nations seems to be out of question with Thakur putting his stamp on the disapproval.