Want to play Pakistan in Dubai, need your OK: BCCI to Government

BCCI has now approached the Home Ministry, seeking government permission to play Pakistan in a bilateral series.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Updated: March 29, 2017 9:45 am
BCCI, india vs pakistan, india pakistan match, india pakistan dubai, ind vs pak, Indian cricket board, ind vs pak dubai, FTP, indian express news, india news The BCCI had reserved September for the Champions League T20 but the tournament has been discontinued. (Representational image)

India could play Pakistan in Dubai later this year if the government gives the go-ahead to the Indian cricket board. The BCCI has written to the Home Ministry, seeking permission to play Pakistan to complete their obligations under the Future Tours & Programme (FTP) agreement which was inked in 2014.

Earlier, when it was headed by Shashank Manohar, the BCCI wanted to host Pakistan for a short series in 2016 but did not get government clearance owing to tension between the two countries and the subsequent terror attacks on Indian soil.

The Indian Express has learnt that the BCCI has now approached the Home Ministry, seeking government permission. And this time, the Indian team is willing to play a series in Dubai which is the home venue of the Pakistan team.

The Indian board is looking at a September or November window to play Pakistan. The BCCI had reserved September for the Champions League T20 but the tournament has been discontinued. It is learnt that the BCCI wants a short series in November in Dubai before the Indian tour of South Africa.

“Permission has been sought from Home Ministry, we don’t know what is the government stand. Last time, tension between the two countries was at its peak. Also, there is the FTP agreement that needs to be fulfilled and that’s why the board is willing to travel to Dubai to play a series against Pakistan. Unless the government gives its nod, the BCCI cannot do anything,” a source said.

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    Shankar
    Mar 29, 2017 at 5:23 am
    Greed for money seems to be the tag line of BCCI, no person with common sense would even think of any kind of bilateral series with Pak
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      Shankar
      Mar 29, 2017 at 5:22 am
      Thats ridiculous, hope GOI say NO
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        Love Pakistan
        Mar 29, 2017 at 5:50 am
        Anytime India ready to beat you ins. stan Zindabad
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          Ikram abbasi
          Mar 29, 2017 at 5:45 am
          Pak and india should b friends not enemies
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            Ikram abbasi
            Mar 29, 2017 at 5:46 am
            We r neighbours we should love each othet
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              Abdul Majid
              Mar 29, 2017 at 9:27 am
              Wish Peace and Harmony in both countries.lt;br/gt;There are politicians, groups of people and organizations that create and spread hatred between people of India and stan from either country and in either country. Otherwise an ordinary Indian can come walking through fearlessly up to the Ground Zero on LOC from Indian Side because even Indian Army have firm believe that stan Army never opens unprovoked or indiscriminate fire. While that is simply not possible for an ordinary man from stani side doing the same practice. Apart from Wagah Border it is not possible for stani civilians to even visit border openly.lt;br/gt;I have witnessed that many a times. Anyone not believing can have a live experience at Jammu-Sialkot Border (RS Pora), with Indian people coming up to stan soil, stay there for sometimes without any bullet proof jackets or any sort of cover, and being absolutely exposed to stan Army without any fear.
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                Ahs
                Mar 29, 2017 at 7:55 am
                Indian faces same like the black pig! Born haters. Who's prime minister is international renowed terrorist and more the w world calls you rapists but you busy hate and pointing fingers to others which is in your blood.
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                  Ahs
                  Mar 29, 2017 at 11:33 am
                  The land of rapists.rape is a dharam of the ians.
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