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India to play Pakistan in Dubai? Report says BCCI seeks government’s nod 

The Indian cricket team is likely to play Pakistan in a bilateral series later this year. BCCI has approached the Indian government for approval, according to a report

cricket Updated: Mar 29, 2017 22:07 IST
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Virat Kohli-led India may play Pakistan later this year in a bilateral series in bilateral cricket series.
Virat Kohli-led India may play Pakistan later this year in a bilateral series in bilateral cricket series.(Getty Images)

The chances of Indian cricket team playing Pakistan cricket team in a bilateral series has once again brightened up, according to a report. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is enthusiastic about playing Pakistan in Dubai later this year, and has approached the home ministry for its approval.

According to Future Tours & Programme (FTP) agreement, which was inked in 2014, India was to play Pakistan in an away bilateral series. But several incidents of terror attacks and violence at India-Pakistan border, led Indian government to not allow the series.

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However, it is unlikely that the India government will give the green light.

“The Home Minister and the Home Ministry will take call on this but I don’t think the atmosphere is right given the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir told reporters later in the day.

Currently, Pakistan cricket team plays its home games in Dubai. Earlier, in 2016, BCCI had reportedly rejected the United Arab Emirates as a venue for the two teams’ bilateral series. There were lot of talks about India-Pakistan playing a bilateral series last year, but it never took place.

India last played a Test series against Pakistan in 2007-08, while the teams played an ODI series in 2012-13 season. The two teams last faced each other in March, 2016, in a World T20 match, which India won.

Read | Pakistan Cricket Board in talks with Lanka, Bangladesh to replace India series

“The BCCi is now now eyeing to play the away series in September or November. “Permission has been sought from Home Ministry, we don’t know what is the government stand. Last time, tension between the two countries was at its peak. Also, there is the FTP agreement that needs to be fulfilled and that’s why the board is willing to travel to Dubai to play a series against Pakistan. Unless the government gives its nod, the BCCI cannot do anything,” The Indian Express quoted a source as saying.

First Published: Mar 29, 2017 11:17 IST

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