Government puts India-Pakistan series in doubt


Reluctance from the India government has put a potential bilateral series against Pakistan, even at a neutral venue, in doubt with the final decision to be made by prime minister Narendra Modi.

The cricket boards of both countries agreed that they would resume playing ties at a meeting in Dubai last week, with Sri Lanka willing to host the games.

The Pakistan government has already given the go-ahead for the games to take place, but the BCCI has yet received any response after submitting a written request to their ministry.

Rajiv Shukla, the chairman of the IPL governing council, told PTI: "Sports should not be dragged into political and diplomatic controversies.  

"We cannot decide on the series with Pakistan without the consent of the government. That is why we have written to the government and are awaiting its response. The moment we get the response, we will let everyone know."

The Asian sides has not played each other in a bilateral series since 2007, with they teams only meeting at world tournaments because of political unrest.