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Home > Cricket > World Cup 2003 > Reuters > Report

BCCI seek govt approval to play Pak

March 07, 2003 14:37 IST

The Board for Control of Cricket in India has asked the union government to allow resumption of cricket matches with Pakistan to prevent their team being isolated from world cricket.

India are scheduled to tour Pakistan next month in line with the International Cricket Council's 10-year programme but the series is unlikely to go ahead because of tension between the neighbours over the disputed region of Kashmir.

"Each country is supposed to play four series against each other in a 10-year period (two at home and two abroad)," BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya wrote in a letter to Union sports minister Vikram Verma earlier this week.

"If India does not play against Pakistan, the equilibrium of world cricket will be severely affected because the world Test championship cannot be decided. India may be totally isolated in the world cricket scenario," he added.

The Indian government banned all bilateral matches between the sides in 2000 but has not been opposed to the teams playing in multi-team events at neutral venues.

Pakistan have said they are willing to host India. The ICC's executive board is expected to discuss the issue in their meeting on March 21 in Johannesburg.

India and Pakistan played against each other for the first time in almost three years at the World Cup in South Africa last week, when India won by six wickets.

The two countries have fought three wars against each other since independence from Britain in 1947.

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Sub: No equilibruium

The cricket equilibrium is not affected in the past three years. Therefore it will not be affected in the future too. There is no meaning ...


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Sub: Send Dalmiya to Kashmir

Mr. Dalmiya, I absolutely agree with you. India should play with Pakistan. But before that Can you please relocate yourself to the beautiful Kashmir for ...


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Sub: should not play

failure to play and india - pak series will NOT lead to india being isolated at the world cricket level. thats a whole load of ...


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Sub: MONEY

I THINK MR DALMIYA IS CONCERNED WITH THE MONEY WE SHOULD NOT PLAY PAKISTAN FOR 1) THERE GOVERNMENT POLICY ON KASHMIR 2) THE SAFETY OF ...


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Sub: Nonsense.

Not required. No one will dare to kill the golden egg laying hen. ICC can ill afford to ban India...Mr Dalmiya is sounding more like ...


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