Team India’s Pakistan tour unlikely for now: BCCI
Mumbai: Team India’s proposed tour of Pakistan was in choppy waters on Thursday as BCCI Vice-President Rajiv Shukla told reporters that such a tour was unlikely for now due to the team’s hectic calendar.
As a follow up to the talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani, India has decided in-principle to resume bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan.
Government sources said the time of the visit, the venues of the matches and other logistical issues would be decided by the cricket boards of the two countries.
However, there is no slot available for Indian cricket team to visit Pakistan in the immediate near future. According to the Future Tour Schedule prepared by the International Cricket Council, Pakistan should visit India for three Tests and five One Day International series in March 2012.
When contacted, BCCI Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty said he was not aware of any decision to resume bilaeral cricketing ties.
Before the World Cup semi final match at Mohali on March 30, India last played against Pakistan at an Asia Cup match in June 2010 at Dambula in Sri Lanka.
The last bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan was held in 2007-2008 when the Pakistani team had visited India.
No international cricket team has visited Pakistan to play any match after the terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team on March 3, 2009, when six members of the visiting team were injured. Six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were also killed in the incident.