Thakur puts India Pakistan series in doubt


The BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur has said that India and Pakistan will not resume cricketing ties before the two countries sort out their political tension.

On Monday there was a gunfight in Punjab, which is close to the Pakistan border, killing several civilians and Thakur hilighted the incident saying that he does not believe the two Asian rivals should think about playing as yet.

Thakur's comments has cast doubt on a proposed tour by India to play Pakistan in the UAE at the end of the year.

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Thakur said: "Even today there is a terrorist attack, in Gurdaspur. On one hand there is a rise in terrorist activity from Pakistan, on the other you can't expect to play a cricket series with Pakistan.

"For me the safety and security of my countrymen is more important than a cricket series. This is not the way to go ahead.

"I was never against the dialogue process. At the same time, if you do not have good relations, you can't have good cricket."