No bilateral cricket relations with Pakistan until cross-border terrorism ends: Sports Minister Vijay Goel

Sports Minister Vijay Goel said that no bilateral series can be played between the two countries as long as "terror from Pakistan remains."

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: May 29, 2017 6:04 pm
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Ahead of the scheduled meet between the officials of the Board of Control of Cricket for India and Pakistan Cricket Board, Sports Minister Vijay Goel reiterated that no bilateral series can be played between the two countries as long as “terror from Pakistan remains.”

“BCCI should speak to the government before giving any proposal to Pakistan,” said Goel according to PTI, “I have made it clear that bilateral cricket with Pakistan is not possible till the time there is cross-border terror. We have, however, no say on multilateral events.”

It was earlier reported that the BCCI and PCB will meet at Dubai to sort out differences between the two boards. PTI had reported that the PCB wants India to play a short ODI series with Pakistan at any neutral venue in return for the tour made by the Pakistan team to India in the winter of 2012/13 when Zaka Ashraf was the PCB chairman.

The PCB had sent a notice of intent to the BCCI claiming compensation of around USD 69.4 million for India not honouring the MOU signed between the two boards in 2014 to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023. Pakistan was supposed to host four of those series.

Goel had stated earlier that no Pakistan sports persons will be allowed to play in India or vice versa except for when it is in a neutral venue and a multilateral tournament, such as the ICC Champions Trophy in which India play Pakistan in their opener on June 4.

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    Tallat mahmood
    May 30, 2017 at 5:07 am
    Should sports and politics be mixed? Should religion and politics be mixed?If it should mix then you're not secular country any more
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      sk
      May 30, 2017 at 4:32 am
      Liar speaking complete hogwash. Why play with them in an outside venue as well? Does it make them less terrorist or earn less from Indian viewers?
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        Murthy
        May 30, 2017 at 1:29 am
        It is not Pa ki st an vs India. It is and has always been Pa ki st an vs barb-Aryan scoundrels. Barb-Aryans were brutally kicked out in 1946 by Shri Mohammed Ali Jinnah JI. The barb-Aryan pigs are still getting back at the newly formed P a k I s t a n. That is OK. But the criminally clever barb-aryans are sacrificing non-barb-aryans for the job. Why? Just because they(barb-aryans) are simply scoundrelly scowards.
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          Murthy
          May 30, 2017 at 1:23 am
          Yes. I completely agree with Goel JI that CROSS-BORDER terrorism should be stollpped by P a JNU s t a n. Only ALONG-BIRDER terrorism by P a k i s t a n, PLEASE.
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            ramesh ahuja
            May 30, 2017 at 12:39 am
            After June 4 defeat stan will never play against India.
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              Kumar
              May 30, 2017 at 12:31 am
              Wonderfully good decision by the govt.
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                Raja Qasim Janjua
                May 29, 2017 at 10:31 pm
                stan and india are two neighbouring countries.Sooner or latter they have to come on table for dialogue.Sports always provide a plateform to create conducive environment for such talks dia should realize this.Terrorism is a global phenomenon and stan has also suffered alot from this evil. stan too want to settle this issue with India but that is only possible with repeated engagements at various levels dia too should recognise the severity of matter and come forward to settle the lasting dispute of Kashmir with stan through diplomatic engagemnents..Playing cricket and engaging in cultural exchange can help to uproot misunderstanding and fee of hatred among people of both countries...People want peace and prosperity.Media from both side must play an important role in building public opinion in this regard.We too should support every step in right direction.Alas! visionary leadership is missing.There is no hi G and Quaid e Azam Muhammad ali jinnah..😓
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                  Ashutosh V Divecha
                  May 29, 2017 at 7:29 pm
                  YES - I agree and support this fully - NO CRICKET TILL TERROR - Rather any Patriotic Indian will think alike- No matter what political alliance he belongs to - EXCEPT the Anti NaMo trolls here. JAI HO NaMo NaMo NaMo
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