Wednesday, November 4, 2009

No Cricket With Pakistan for Next 6-8 Months

Board of Control for Cricket in India vice-president Rajiv Shukla on Monday said there is no possibility of resuming cricketing ties with Pakistan for the next 6-8 months.

"Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt met with BCCI president Shashank Manohar in Mohali today and they spoke about India Vs. Pakistan cricket. We explained to the PCB chairman that India has a busy international schedule in the coming few months and there is no space in the calendar to play Pakistan," Shukla said in Mohali.

"We are playing Australia at the moment and after that we will play Sri Lanka . We will then take on South Africa followed by the Indian Premier League and the World Twenty20 , so there is no free space for the Indian team," he added.

Shukla further pointed out that officials of the two boards would meet after eights months and discuss the possibility of resuming ties.

"But it would depend on how relations between the two countries are at that moment, and from there we will take it forward. Hopefully, the relations are cordial and peaceful then and government will also give us permission. But for now there is no possibility of playing against Pakistan," he said.

PCB chairman Ejaz Butt had left for India last Wednesday to convince the BCCI and government officials to revive the cricket ties between the two countries, which were snapped following the Mumbai terror attacks.

The Indian team refused to undertake the scheduled tour against Pakistan early this year and also rejected suggestions to play their arch-rivals at a neutral venue.

Pakistan is struggling to get teams to play them at home following the terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in March this year.

They moved their home Test series to New Zealand late in November and will play two Tests against Australia in England next year.

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