Condemning the terrorist attack in Punjab's Dinanagar town, BJP MP and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur on Monday said "cricket and terror cannot go hand in hand", thereby placing a question mark over India's upcoming series against Pakistan in December
New Delhi: The BCCI today appeared to rule out an immediate resumption of Indo-Pak cricket ties in the wake of Gurdaspur terror attack, in which militants from the across the border are believed to be involved.
There were talks about resumption of bilateral cricket ties between the two nations at the end of this year but BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur said that it may not be possible under such circumstances.
BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur
Asked specifically if India and Pakistan can resume cricket ties, Thakur talked tough and said it was not a possibility now.
"Earlier also there was no such decision that the series will take place. Only the PCB has reached out to the BCCI. We were talking on those lines but when you see such attack on India time and again, the Jammu region, now the Punjab, where Indians are losing their lives, as an Indian I don't see a possibility to that," Thakur told a TV channel. The Hamirpur MP condemned the terror attack in Gurdaspur, where six persons were killed, including an SP.
"I condemn the terrorist attacks, specially in the Gurdaspur region. If you talk about cricket with Pakistan, we must understand that life of every Indian is very important to us. As I see my responsibility as BCCI secretary, as a Parliamentarian, life of every Indian is very important to me.
It's not only about cricket, it's about my country." Thakur made it clear that unless the situation improves, the two Asian neighbours won't play cricket.
"I think, before we step onto the cricket field, it's important to clear the issues between the two Boards and the two counties. If we don't clear those issues, it would not be possible to enter that territory," he said.
PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan, during a visit to Kolkata in My this year met with the BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya and proposed a series comprising three Tests, five ODIs and two T20s in UAE in December this year. The series is part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two Boards last year.
India have not played a full bilateral Test series with Pakistan after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks which led to suspension of cricketing ties between the two countries.
The two nations played a short series of three ODIs and two T20 matches in India in December 2012 but otherwise they have met only in ICC-organised events or the Asia Cup.