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No decision on resuming Indo-Pak cricketing ties

No decision has been taken on "resumption" of cricket ties with Pakistan, foreign secretary Nirupama Rao said today in the backdrop of reports that Indian cricket team may tour that country early next year.

cricket Updated: Apr 21, 2011 00:33 IST

No decision has been taken on "resumption" of cricket ties with Pakistan, foreign secretary Nirupama Rao said today in the backdrop of reports that Indian cricket team may tour that country early next year.

She said, "Hv (have) been asked abt (about) resumption of cricket ties with Pak. Want to clarify no such decision, although sporting contacts may be encouraged."

Replying to another question on twitter, Rao said, "Sporting contacts btw (between) India and Pakistan, bar (barring) cricket, have been taking place. This can be encouraged further. Hope I am clear."

During their informal talks on the sidelines of Indo- Pak cricket World Cup semi-final in Mohali on March 30, Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan had expressed desire to have normalisation of bilateral cricketing ties.

This was followed by a flurry of reports from Pakistan on a possible tour by India.

New PCB guidelines
Having apparently learnt a lesson from the spot-fixing, the PCB today issued tough registration guidelines for player agents, requiring them clearance at multiple levels.

The new Agents Regulations, 2010 will be immediately applicable to all persons wishing to act as agent(s) for the cricketers who have or are representing Pakistan at all levels or who participate in cricket matches/tournament organised by the PCB.

PCB has made it mandatory for agents wishing to represent Pakistani players, whether based in overseas or in Pakistan, to obtain police clearance of the area/country the agent resides, clearance from the cricket board of the country in which the agent is residing.

They also need a clearance from the Pakistan High Commission in the country where the agent resides.