Indo-Pak hockey series called off after govt's objection

  • PTI, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Mar 15, 2013 12:51 IST

The diplomatic tensions between India and Pakistan has spilled over yet again to the sporting arena as the Indian government has refused permission for a home-and-away bilateral hockey series between the two countries on security grounds.

A top source in Hockey India on Friday said that they have received a communication from the ministry of external affairs asking it call off the biltarel series.
"The bilateral series between India and Pakistan has been cancelled as the ministry of external affairs did not give us permission. The MEA had sent a fax to us on Thursday, asking us not to host Pakistan or travel to the country for the series," the source told PTI.

The Pakistan's hockey team was scheduled to tour India next month for five Test matches, which would have revived the bilateral hockey ties between the two traditional rivals in nearly seven years.

Pakistan was expected to play matches in the cities of Ranchi, Lucknow, Delhi, Mohali and Jalandhar between April 5-15.

After Pakistan's visit, the Indian team was scheduled to pay a return visit and play five matches in Lahore, Faisalabad, Karachi and Sialkot from April 23.

Pakistan and India last played a bilateral hockey series in 2006 - three matches in each country. Pakistan won three and lost one while the remaining two were drawn.

The cancellation of the hockey rubber came close on the heels of an abandoned bilateral snooker series between India and Pakistan earlier this month following government's objection.


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