If sources are to be believed, Monday’s terrorist attack on Punjab’s police station has to be from India occupied Kashmir. The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has given a strong message to the counterparts as series won’t commence between these two nations if the security of Indians is compromised.
Pakistan need to know that cricket can’t be played if the security and peace of our nation is affected. I understand a sport is a different thing, but our internal security is important, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur told.
As per the ICC’s Future Tours Programme, the Indian cricket team is scheduled to play Pakistan for two Tests and five ODIs away from home. The UAE was believed to be the country to host the upcoming series, but Monday’s terrorist attack in Punjab has diminished chances of the series proceeding.
The BCCI has made it clear that India are not against playing cricket against Pakistan, but that to do so a peaceful atmosphere was required. We have certain issues between the boards and our country also has issues. We need to sort them out before playing cricket against Pakistan. I met the PCB representatives during the ICC meetings in Barbados. The board is not against having dialogue, but the security of the country is paramount, Thakur said.
India and Pakistan have not faced each other in Tests since 2007 when Pakistan toured India. However, these two contested in ODI matches in many tournaments. At the moment the chances of these two nations taking part in a series seems very grim.