Anurag Thakur, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President has issued a fresh statement regarding the India – Pakistan matches in ICC Championship. The directive is against playing or having any sort of cricketing ties with Pakistan, atleast in the near future.
Anurag Thakur has recently said that there is no point in playing cricket with Pakistan, until they deal with the state sponsored Terror. It is not advisable to have India and Pakistan in same group of Champions Trophy and this situation like as we had in India during India vs. Pakistan T20 World cup in Dharamsala where we had to shift the game at the last moment. India will be suggesting to the ICC in the meeting in October in South Africa, that is would be better if they do not have the two teams in the same group.
After the Uri attack in which 19 Indian soldiers were martyred the public mood in India is largely not in favour of playing against Pakistan anywhere at any time.
The cricketing ties between India and Pakistan have been decided by political compulsions and governmental decisions since the two countries gained independence.
The first Test series between the two teams took place in 1951-52, when Pakistan toured India. India toured Pakistan for the first time in 1954-55. Between 1962 and 1977, no major cricket was played between the two countries owing to two major wars in 1965 and 1971. The 1999 Kargil War and the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks have also interrupted cricketing ties between the two nations. The rise of domestic terrorism led to Pakistan not hosting international cricket since the Sri Lankan team was attacked in 2009, and Pakistan was stripped of its co-host status for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
But there is little doubt that cricket ties between the two neighbours have never been in such serious jeopardy as they are now.