IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla has clearly stated that cricket and politics should never be associated together, and political elements should not interfere in cricket. Shukla’s comments come at a time when India and Pakistan are on the verge of a playing a bilateral series in Sri Lanka. Shukla said that he was confident about receiving clearances from the government, so that the proposed tour could go ahead in Sri Lanka.
“I am optimistic that the government will give the go-ahead to us. Both the Boards (BCCI and PCB) have agreed for Sri Lanka as a venue. The whole idea is to resume cricket between the two countries,” Shukla said recently.
Shukla gave an instance of India’s historic 2004 tour of Pakistan, when the Indians had toured Pakistan for the first time in 15 years. “From day one, I have been maintaining that cricket should not be brought into political controversy. Even the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government had given the nod in a worse situation. We had sent the Indian team to Pakistan. I think, we should play Pakistan,” Shukla said.
However, the BCCI still awaits a green signal from the Indian government. “No decision has been taken on the India-Pakistan cricket series,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup’s twitter handle mentioned.