BCCI: India-Pakistan series unlikely under prevailing tension

BCCI: India-Pakistan series unlikely under prevailing tension

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BCCI: India-Pakistan series unlikely under prevailing tension. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur, said a series between Pakistan and India was unlikely until relations between the two countries normalized.
BCCI: India-Pakistan series unlikely under prevailing tension

Thakur’s statement came after Indian forces fought a prolonged shootout Monday with heavily armed men attacked a moving bus and stormed a police station in a town north of the border with Pakistan, with 10 people killed in the violence, authorities said.

The attackers killed four policemen and three civilians in the attack before dawn in Gurdaspur district of Punjab, said Harcharan Singh Bains, a spokesman for the state government.

General Director of State Police, Sumedh Singh Saini, said it was hard to tell where the attackers came from the militancy or if returned to Punjab.

But Thakur, who is also a member of parliament of the ruling BJP in India, said the incident made a cricket series between India and Pakistan, proposed to be held later this year, impossible at this time.

“Even today there is a terrorist attack in Gurdaspur. On the one hand there is an increase in terrorist activity, for which you can not wait to play a series of cricket with Pakistan,” Thakur ESPNcricinfo.

“To me, safety and security of my countrymen is more important than a series of cricket. This is not the way forward. I was never against the dialogue process. At the same time, if you do not have a good relationship , you can not have a good cricket. “

Last month the PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan during his visit to India, had said Pakistan had a “Plan B” if the series does not go ahead.

India has not played a bilateral series against Pakistan test since 2007, although it will accommodate you for two T20Is and three ODIs between December 2012 and January 2013.

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