Anurag Thakur rules out bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan in 2016

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Anurag Thakur, BCCI secretary
Anurag Thakur, BCCI secretary

 

The much awaited bilateral cricket series  between  sub- continent giants India and Pakistan seems bleak . This was indicated by the  BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur. Thakur  has ruled out the possibility  stating that no such series is scheduled in Futures Tours & Programme (FTP) calender.

“In the FTP, we had a series planned in 2015 but there is no series planned in 2016 against Pakistan. India will be playing against them in Asia Cup and the World T20 since they are multinational tournaments. And India has been playing them for many years,” Thakur told the media.

After the limited-overs series proposed to be held last month did not come through, Pakistan Cricket Board had expressed hope that a bilateral series could happen this year, may be in the United Kingdom. Last year, a high-profile proposed bilateral series between India-Pakistan was expected to take place in the month of December.

The planned series had remained in limbo for a long time with little progress made in the last couple of months.The PCB had got clearance from Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to play India at a neutral venue Sri Lanka thus throwing the ball in India’s court to play the series . But the Indian government did not give the nod to the BCCI to go ahead with the series. The PCB in- fact waited  for long and with time running out the series was called off.