India sports minister rules out any bilateral series with Pakistan

India and Pakistan have only faced each other in Asia Cup tournaments or ICC events since 2012

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India sports minister Vijay Goel has insisted that the national team will not be playing any bilateral series with Pakistan.

Goel’s comments come after representatives from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) met in Dubai on Monday to discuss about the resumption of bilateral ties.

Both boards signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2014, which stated that they would play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.

However, before any decisions are taken, Goel made it clear that the “BCCI should speak to the government before giving any proposal to Pakistan”.

When asked why India are hesitant to take on Pakistan in a bilateral series, Goel attributed it to the frosty political relations between both countries.

“I have made it clear that bilateral cricket with Pakistan is not possible till the time there is cross-border terror,” he said. “We have, however, no say on multilateral events (ICC tournaments).”

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