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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

Cricket

Indo-Pak series: MHA yet to receive formal communication from BCCI
PTI
New Delhi, July 16, 2012
First Published: 21:44 IST(16/7/2012)
Last Updated: 21:59 IST(16/7/2012)

The home ministry officials appear to be not-so-enthusiastic about reviving cricketing ties with Pakistan as they feel its promises on bringing to book those responsible for the 26/11 attacks have not been fulfilled.

Though no ministry official came on record to say anything on the BCCI's announcement, in private they express their reservations citing Pakistan's failure to deliver on India's demands, including action against Mumbai terror accused.

Pakistan is yet to punish those involved in the 26/11 attack and that country has not conceded to India's demand for giving voice samples of the handlers and masterminds of the terror strike, they said.

The terror infrastructure across the border continues to flourish unabated while Pakistan-based militants groups keep sending their armed cadres to Jammu and Kashmir, they said.

The home ministry is yet to receive a formal communication from the BCCI on the proposed cricket series.

However, a decision on extending an elaborate security cover for the visiting Pakistani team would be taken by the Home Ministry once it gets official intimation from the cricket board, officials said.

If the government takes a political decision, the machinery will implement it, they said.

The BCCI on Monday agreed to host three ODIs and two T20 matches between the two arch-rivals, who have not played each other in a bilateral series after the Mumbai attacks in 2008.

The decision to resume cricketing ties with Pakistan was taken by the Board's powerful Working Committee, which met in New Delhi.


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