Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur said that any decision on India –Pakistan Billateral series will be taken only after the Government approval.
Media were hoping that Sushma Swaraj’s visit will decide the fate of the cricket series. But, when it comes to relations between countries a lot is at stake and many things are taken into consideration before coming to a definite conclusion”, Thakur said.
“Whenever the Indian government will take a decision on this we will let you know,” said the Secretary of BCCI.
“It is the Pakistan Cricket Board’s call regarding what is a comfortable time to host the series. We leave for Australia on January 5 and after a long series with South Africa, it is every important to give the players 4-5 days rest. So, ideally if you fly on 5th, you have to be free by December 30,” he added.
“I must set the record straight for everyone’s benefit that in April 2014, BCCI’s ex-boss had signed an agreement with the Pakistan Cricket Board while bringing a few changes to the constitution of ICC. According to which if resolutions take place in the ICC constitution then India will play against Pakistan in this period for the next eight years.
“And according to that agreement, the PCB was supposed to host India on a neutral venue in the month of December. PCB chairman and BCCI President met in Dubai and decided that we will play a series in Sri Lanka and both the Cricket Boards will seek permission from their respective governments for political clearance.
“BCCI wrote a letter to the Indian government, because Indo-Pak relations are always like this and this is not the first time that the series is on hold like this. If you look at the last 30 years, many times an Indo-Pak series has happened and stopped. A lot has depended on the relations between the two countries,” he said.