Anurag Thakur virtually rules out bilateral series against Pakistan

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 19, 2015 21:31 IST
Chief selector Sandeep Patil with BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur during a news conference after a selection committee meeting to pick the India squad for Australia tour, in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur virtually ruled out the chances of playing Pakistan in the proposed bilateral series and said on Saturday that it will be “impossible for PCB” to arrange a series in such a short time.

PCB chief Shaharyar Khan had earlier said he was still awaiting BCCI’s written reply on the proposed series later this month besides hoping that the Indian government gives green light to the resumption of cricketing ties in a “day or two”.

“It is not possible to arrange a series in such a short time. Even if we get a go ahead (from government) next week it will be virtually impossible to arrange a series in such a short time. At the same time it will have to be arranged by PCB,” Thakur told reporters.

While Pakistan Cricket Board has been playing the waiting game by extending deadlines after deadlines for the BCCI, the Indian cricket board has maintained all along that the decision to play its arch rival rests with its government.

The PCB had put forward tentative dates for the series comprising three ODIs and two T20 Internationals in Sri Lanka: December 15-January 4 or December 19-January 4.

Given that the third week of December is coming to a close, clearly there is very little time to organise the series and both Pakistan and India tour New Zealand and Australia, respectively, in January.

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