BCCI seeks government nod to hold Indo-Pak cricket series in December

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed that the Pakistan series can happen and that it will seek the Union government’s permission to organise Indo-Pak cricket series in December.

After the board’s annual general meeting on Monday, BCCI president Shashank Manohar confirmed that BCCI will speak to the government about the cricket, which has been facing opposition due to political compulsions.

The two boards have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to play eight bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.

According to an Indian Express, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) can hope for a bilateral cricket series in India in December this year.

“We need to get the government’s permission to play against Pakistan. Whenever and whatever the the government takes, the BCCI swill act accordingly,” said the BCCI president.

The Indian Express also stated talks between BCCI and the government have begun, and they will continue post-Diwali through the good offices of BCCI secretary, Anurag Thakur.

A top BCCI official said that board is willing to cut down the tour to three ODIs and two T20Is, if the government permits.

The BCCI wants cricketing ties between India and Pakistan to happen. We will proceed with a few proposals. One, where we can have five ODIs and two T20s or three ODIs and two T20s. These these will be played in those areas where there will be no disturbance from political parties, said the official.

India’s last Test against South Africa is scheduled to end on December 7 and the first match of the Australia tour follows on Jan 12. That leaves little time for the BCCI to host Pakistan, but the board wants to make all efforts to host Pakistan. Pakistan last toured India in 2012-13.

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