BCCI says no to India-Pakistan bilateral cricket series

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 25, 2013, 12:15 PM IST
BCCI says no to India-Pakistan bilateral cricket series

New Delhi: The BCCI has once again declined the PCB proposal of having a bilateral series between India and Pakistan, sources told CNN-IBN on Thursday.

The recent political developments between the two countries don't present an appropriate situation for resuming the cricket ties, opined sources.

Earlier, PCB had sent a proposal to the BCCI for a bilateral series titled Gandhi-Jinnah series, along the lines of the Ashes. In the proposal it was mentioned that the series would be played on a regular basis, at a neutral venue - though playing in India would also be an option.

Though Pakistan visited India for a short limited overs series in December last year, there hasn't been a bilateral series between the two countries since 2007.

There have been several attempts by the Pakistan Cricket Board in recent months to convince the BCCI for a resumption as the contests featuring the two arch-rivals are a huge hit with fans and generate good revenue.

Tension gripped the two nations after two Indian soldiers were killed by Pakistani soldiers and one of them was beheaded at the border earlier in the year.

First Published: April 25, 2013, 12:15 PM IST

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