Anurag Thakur ruled out the possibility of India-Pakistan series in 2016
BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) secretary Anurag Thakur ruled out any possibilities to organizing India-Pakistan bilateral series in 2016. He said on Tuesday, ”There is no way that the two neighboring teams could engage in either a full-fledged or a short limited-overs series in 2016″.
According to ICC’s (International Cricket Council) Future Tour Programme (FTP), there is no plan to feature a bilateral series between India and Pakistan in 2016.
Thakur added, “According to the FTP, there is no scheduled India and Pakistan series in 2016. There is no plan in the FTP. Where is the time to play the series?”
PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) has been trying hard to organise a bilateral series against India in June 2016 ahead of their England tour.
A PCB source said, “If BCCI agrees then this series could happen in England sometime in June as the IPL is from April 9 to May 29 and both teams will have spare time in June.”
As per schedule, India will play against Pakistan in the T20 Asia cup and World T20 in 2016. Both the tournaments are multinational tournaments.
In 2015, there were a lot of dramas to organise a bilateral series which was finally not possible to hold the series. Last time the two nations had played a bilateral series in December 2012 in India, where they played 2 T20Is and 3 ODIs. On the other hand, the two nations had played last time in the bilateral Test series at India in 2007.
Thakur also commented on the Lodha Panel recommendations, “There are various stakeholders involved, so we have given it (the Lodha panel recommendations) to all states to go through it and come back to us (the BCCI). We want them to study the report as this will impact them as well. The BCCI is awaiting their response.”
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