India v Pakistan series is unlikely happen: Rajiv Shukla
The proposed India-Pakistan bilateral series in this December is under a cloud of suspicion at present. According to a report on livemint.com, BCCI (Board for Control of Cricket in India) may not get necessary clearance from Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the bilateral cricket series against Pakistan. The report mentions that a news has been revealed from a BCCI official which the board is unlikely to receive clearance from the foreign ministry for the much-awaited series.
According to last year MoU signing, India had accepted to play the first series of six bilateral series against Pakistan at UAE, as home venue of Pakistan at December in this year. If there is not possible to play in UAE, then the series can be played in a neutral venue with “a mutually agreed venue”.
From the beginning of this year, BCCI continuously opposed to playing this series in UAE. After showing uninterested in playing in UAE, BCCI had invited Pakistan in India to play the series which was not accepted by the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board).
At present, both boards finally agreed to play the series at Sri Lanka as a neutral venue. Already Pakistan got their NOC (No Objection Certificate) from their government. Now currently BCCI is eagerly waiting for the NOC from the Indian government. But the current atmosphere may be brought a huge sadness for the two boards and the fans.
The last bilateral series between India and Pakistan was held at India in December 2012, which composed with three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and two T20Is.
Meanwhile, Raji Shukla said:”If our Govt. permits, only then we’ll play. We’ll go with whatever they say.” So this series looks like it is almost done for the good.
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