India, Pakistan will not play on each other’s soil, says BJP president Amit Shah

BJP president Amit Shah has defiantly said India and Pakistan will not play in each other's country as part of bilateral series but can play in international events - as is the case with ICC Champions Trophy final and World Hockey League semifinal on Sunday.

By: Express Web Desk | Published: June 17, 2017 5:41 pm
india vs pakistan, icc champions trophy, amit shah, bjp, cricket news, sports news, indian express Amit Shah, BJP president, is in Mumbai for meetings. (Source: PTI)

BJP party president Amit Shah has categorically denied that India will play Pakistan on each other’s soil in any sport while he maintained that they can play in international events. Shah, who is in Maharashtra on a three-day visit to strengthen party’s organisation in the state, and is scheduled to meet Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to deliberate the choices for presidential nominee.

“India-Pak will continue to play at international tournaments but neither India will play in Pak nor Pak will play in India,” said BJP president Shah after questions were raised over India and Pakistan playing sports once again.

The questions have once again resurfaced with India taking on Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday and the hockey team facing off in the evening in the group stage of the World Hockey League semifinals. Both the fixtures are part of the world body’s event and there have been no series between the two in recent times. The last bilateral series in cricket was when Pakistan toured India in 2012.

Former Pakistan great Javed Miandad has called for bilateral cricket to return between the two nations. “I think we should put aside political issues and try to play more cricket. I want to see a revival of bilateral cricket,” he said.

India take on Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday with Virat Kohli’s men looking to defend their title at The Oval in London. Meanwhile Pakistan are eyeing their first title win. In the evening, Pakistan and India square off on the hockey pitches of Olympic Park in London as India look to continue on their winning start against Scotland.

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    D. Patel
    Jun 18, 2017 at 2:30 am
    Globally few know cricket a kind of hardly a sport. It is often also fixed. Let India rise and push real sports to msake our youth further active. Let cricket be maintained as an entertainment but not a priority we have to excel in real sports.
    1. Zen Bhatia
      Jun 18, 2017 at 12:30 am
      Mr. Patel is nothing more than a Hindu extremist like Shiv Sena leaders who have always pla communal politics in sport with Pakistan whether there is reason or no reason. By boycotting to play sport with Pakistan in India or Pakistan, Patel has done great harm to Indian players.
      1. B
        Jun 18, 2017 at 12:21 am
        In what capacity Amit Shah is giving his fatwa? BCCI should sue him.
        1. R
          Jun 17, 2017 at 11:29 pm
          No one likes what is going on on the border with Pak-is-tan but to politicize sports is a cop out, pure and simple. Instead of working together to find a viable and lasting solution the "Nautanki Baaj" "madaarees" like Amit Shah and Company never miss an opportunity to score cheap points. And this is exactly what this announcement amounts to, it is a "CHEAP TRICK" of BJP, that does not have any answer to what is going on in Kashmir today. Working out tedious problems is hard. It takes diligence and intelligence. BJP lacks both these qualities. The only thing BJP is good at is rigging elections by hiring IT experts to hack EVMs.
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            Rajveer Singh
            Jun 17, 2017 at 8:57 pm
            At least he agreed to playing outside
            1. S
              Jun 18, 2017 at 12:03 am
              this agrees or not we have to play in international tournaments otherwise we will be disqualified
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