Indian Sports Minister rules out bilateral series with Pakistan

Indian Sports Minister Vijay Goel has said that no cricket series will take place with Pakistan as long as cross-border is eliminated from the other side of the border. Pakistan Cricket Board is scheduled to meet BCCI counterparts in order to discuss various things including a possibility of staging a series in the coming future.

Goel has made it clear that till Pakistan does not clear its shores from terrorism any form of cricket with the neighbor will not take place. Pakistan will face India in the fourth game of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 to be played on 4th June at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. He said sporting or cultural activities can’t go hand in hand as there have been consistent escalations on the line of control between India and Pakistan.

The two arch enemies last played a bilateral series way back in 2012 when Pakistan came to India to play three-match series. There has been no cricket for the past five years as India government has carried a hard stance not to resume cricketing ties with Pakistan until there is peace in the region.