New Delhi, May 29: While speaking to the reporters, Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel said that India will not be engaging in a bilateral cricket series with its neighbor, Pakistan, until cross-border terrorism ceases.
“Terrorism and sports will not go hand in hand,” he said. “Any kind of bilateral series with Pakistan should be first proposed to the government by the BCCI, and then only further decisions shall be taken.”
He also stated that because multilateral tournaments such as ICC Champions Trophy, which will be commencing on June 1 in England, do not come under the jurisdiction of the government, and hence will be played by the two countries.
Board of Control for Cricket in India and Pakistan Cricket Board officials are scheduled to meet in Dubai today to discuss a bilateral series, but Goel’s message to BCCI is very clear.