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India-Pakistan Bilateral Series On The Cards? BCCI Official Answers

BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla has rubbished all claims of an India-Pakistan bilateral series in the recent future.  The political relations between India and Pakistan are not unknown to anyone, due to which bilateral series between the two neighboring nations has been brought to a halt over a decade.

Apart from the ICC tournaments where India competes with Pakistan, The last bilateral series was played in 2012-13, when the Pakistani team visited India for a short ODI and T20 series. Now recently, a PCB official said that the Government of Pakistan has asked PCB to be ready for a bilateral series against India very soon.

“We’ve been told to be prepared,” the official was quoted as saying by Daily Jang.

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No such discussion has taken place within BCCI – Rajiv Shukla

To this, the BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla has rubbished all the talks going on about an apparent series between India and Pakistan. While talking to Dainik Jagran, Rajiv Shukla confirmed that no such discussion has taken place and said that even if talks start about a series between India and Pakistan, the series won’t go ahead until and unless they receive approval from the Indian government.

“No such discussion has taken place within the board. Our stand has been the same in the last ten years. Unless we get approval from the government, we can’t have a bilateral series with Pakistan,” Shukla told Hindi newspaper Dainik Jagran.

Recently, former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi spoke about the possibility of a bilateral series between India and Pakistan urging both governments to keep politics away from sports. On the other hand, Quetta Gladiators owner has batted for a game between IPL and PSL winners saying that the whole world with watch the game.

“Cricket between Pakistan and India is very important. Sports should be kept away from politics. Relations between the two countries can improve because of cricket,I have said this before as well, Indian cricketers enjoy coming to Pakistan. You can improve relationships through sports but if you don’t want to improve them then they will remain the same way,” Shahid Afridi was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan.

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