According to the reports, the Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) has sought permission from the Indian Government for a bilateral series against Pakistan in Dubai on Wednesday (March 29). It is also learned that the BCCI requested the Indian Home Ministry to arrange a series against arch-rivals in order to “complete their obligation under the Future Tours & Programme [FTP] agreement” of 2014.
“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,” a source said to The Indian Express.
Speaking to the Express Tribune, the PCB chairman Shahryar Khan said he would wait for the reply of the Indian Government before seeking permission from the Pakistan’s authorities.
“Let’s see what reply the Indian government gives to BCCI. We will seek permission from our government then,” he said.
It is expected that the series will happen in the month of November this year, which is vacant after the cancellation of Champions League T20, or in December 2017, just before the India’s scheduled tour of South Africa.
Under Future Tours & Programme (FTP) 2014 agreement, India and Pakistan were required to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023, but the last time both countries met in a bilateral series was way back in 2012, when Pakistan visited India for two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and three One-Day Internationals (ODIs).
Later, both boards had come close to resolving ties in 2015, when the PCB Shahryar Khan visited India to meet his counterpart Shashank Manohar, but the proposed series — which was set to be played in India in December 2015 — got shelved after the day Shiv Sena activists had derailed the talks.
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