Deadlock continues on India-Pakistan bilateral ties


The impasse on bilateral ties between India and Pakistan continues after the meeting between the two boards in Dubai on Monday (May 29) ended without any conclusive outcome. The officials from the BCCI and PCB met in a pleasant environment to discuss the unsettled issues between the neighboring countries, including the USD 60 million compensation demanded by the PCB.

In the buildup to a meeting, the government of India reiterated its earlier position that there can be no bilateral cricket given the current tense relations between the countries.

“BCCI should speak to the government before giving any proposal to Pakistan.” Vijay Goel, India’s sports minister, said according to Cricbuzz. “I have made it clear that bilateral cricket with Pakistan is not possible till the time there is a cross-border terror. We have, however, no say on multilateral events (ICC tournaments).”

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It is learned that the BCCI have conveyed its earlier stance in the meeting: that the federal government’s permission is necessary for any bilateral cricket to take place. It is also learned that India is unlikely to entertain the PCB’s compensation claim and has, in fact, asked it to withdraw it.

“We made it clear to the PCB officials that we will be meeting them only as a courtesy to the notice sent by them. Playing cricket with Pakistan is a diplomatic decision, which we cannot take on our own,” a BCCI official said.

Earlier, the PCB had sent a notice to the BCCI under the ICC Dispute Resolution Committee’s terms of reference for not fulfilling its obligations. The PCB also said it suffered losses because the BCCI didn’t fulfill the MoU, which was signed in 2014 and had mandated six bilateral series from 2015 to 2023.

India, however, has no problems playing Pakistan in multi-team events. The two arch-rivals, who are in Group B of the Champions Trophy along with Sri Lanka and South Africa, are scheduled to clash in Birmingham on Sunday (June 4). An informal meeting between the two boards is also expected on the sidelines of the much-anticipated clash.

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