No security clearance plea in Home Min for resumption of Indo-Pak cricket ties

New Delhi: The Home Ministry has not received any communication from the BCCI seeking its security clearance for resumption of cricket ties between India and Pakistan, possibly because the matches may not be held in India.

Official sources said the role of Home Ministry in giving security clearance comes if any international match is being played in the country. As the India-Pakistan cricket series unlikely to be held, the BCCI has not approached the Home Ministry, sources said.

If the series is going to be held in a third country, the first assessment and clearance have to be given by the Ministry of External Affairs. If the MEA clears the proposal, then the Home Ministry may send an advance security liaison team to the country where it may be held, sources said.

IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla today pushed for resumption of cricket ties between the two neighbouring countries, saying the game should not be brought into political controversies.

BCCI is awaiting response from the Indian government on the fate of a much-talked-about series next month while Pakistan Cricket Board has got the clearance from their government. He said both Boards have agreed for Sri Lanka as a venue.

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