Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan’s National Security Advisor, ruled out any possibility of cricket series between India and Pakistan. He said that under the current circumstances it not possible to play cricket between the two countries.
Pakistan Cricket Board is waiting for the response from the Indian board. If all goes well, the series will be played in December-January in United Arab Emirates.
Aziz stressed that the situation should be made favourable for playing cricket with the arch-rivals before their teams face each other on the cricket field.
“I see no chance of cricket between Pakistan and India under the current situation,” Aziz told Pakistani media in Islamabad.
He also said that it is Pakistan Cricket Board which is in touch with their counterparts in India, and they are in better capacity to speak about the exact situation.
“Our board (the PCB) is in contact with Indian officials on cricket so they are in a better position to tell the exact situation but I am not very hopeful,” he added.
The hope of revival of cricketing ties between the two countries began when PCB agreed to the reforms to the International Cricket Council last year which gave more powers and revenue to three big cricket giants of world cricket – India, Australia and England. India agreed to play six Test series with Pakistan between 2015-2023 after they were supported by Pakistan Board over ICC reforms.
The two countries have not faced each other in a full series after the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which India claims were planned by militants from across the border.
Bharatiya Janata Party MP Anurag Thakur said in July that due to increasing terrorist activity from Pakistan India can’t expect to play cricket series with the country. In August this year, Thakur had made himself clear with this tweet: Dawood in Karachi. NSA wants to meet separatists here. Are you really serious about peace and you expect we’ll play cricket with you?