Pak-India bilateral series impossible: Indian home ministry

New Delhi: In response to the letter of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Indian home ministry has clearly said that bilateral cricket series between Pakistan and India is not possible in the current situation.

Indian media reported that Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir told reporters outside the Indian parliament that cricket ties with Pakistan were not likely to resume anytime soon.

Indian media reported that under the Future Tours & Programme (FTP) agreement, BCCI has to complete its obligations and according to it November was reserved for Pak-India series.

If New Delhi did not permit India to play against Pakistan then at least they could convey message to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that they had tried fulfilling the agreement but their hands were tied until the government asked them to move ahead.

“It’s procedure which the board has to follow. If we want to play Pakistan we can’t get up one day and say, we will be playing them. We need the government’s clearance way in advance so that we can plan it out,” BCCI official said.

On Wednesday, Indian media reported that the cricket board had written a letter to the home ministry seeking permission to play series against Pakistan in November. However, today the ministry refused to give permission to the BCCI.