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Syed Kirmani: Not wrong to play Pakistan, but BCCI must respect government

Bangalore: There is nothing wrong in playing cricket with Pakistan, feels former India wicketkeeper-batsman Syed Kirmani but he concedes that the BCCI cannot bypass the government and has to respect whatever it decides depending on the political scenario between the two countries.

Syed Kirmani
Syed Kirmani

India and Pakistan were supposed to play a bilateral series this month but the planned rubber did not go ahead after the Indian government withheld permission for it.

Also read: PCB says no Indo-Pak series possible now

Kirmani said despite being an autonomous body, the BCCI should respect the government's stand. "According to me, there is nothing is wrong playing against Pakistan, but looking into the political scenario, the ICC and BCCI wouldn't like to go against the government as well. They are autonomous bodies but we have got to respect what the government says," he told PTI.

BCCI is awaiting the Indian government's permission for playing against the arch-rivals. India has not played a full bilateral Test series with Pakistan since the terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008.

"I am looking forward, that the relationships at the political front eases off between the two neighbours." he said.

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