Shukla: It is still too dangerous to play cricket in Pakistan

“Pakistan’s security situation is not such where you can have a series on their soil”

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Rajeev Shukla, a senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official, has made it clear that India won’t travel to Pakistan for any series due to security concerns.

Since Sri Lanka’s team bus was attacked by armed militants in March 2009, no Full Member nation, apart from Zimbabwe in May 2015, have agreed to tour Pakistan.

But, India and Pakistan’s frosty relations have not seen them play any bilateral series since 2012 even though they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2014.

Last week, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sent a notice of dispute to the BCCI, in which they announced that they wanted $6.9 million in damages for the MoU not being honoured.

“They have sent a notice and we will give appropriate response,” Shukla said. “We have had a consistent policy that we will play on each other’s soil.

“Pakistan’s security situation is not such where you can have a series on their soil. Only Zimbabwe has played a series and no other countries are touring Pakistan because they are not being able to provide adequate security.

“First you make your venues such where you can provide foolproof security. And for India, the security concerns are even more. How can we risk our players? Also BCCI’s stated position is that we need government permission. How can we proceed till we get government permission?”

BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary echoed Shukla’s sentiments, adding that only the government can give the green light when it comes to playing a series against Pakistan.

“I can assure you this is a subject on which government has to accord permission,” he said. “BCCI has already written to government in March regarding out Futures Tours & Programmes (FTP). So unless we get permission from them, I can’t make a comment. Where it’s FTP between two countries, it’s a contract both will try to honour.”

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