The BCCI had earlier provided the commitment to play two Test matches, five ODIs and two Twenty20s with Pakistan in December 2015, creating the dilemma.
An April 2014, a letter sent by the then BCCI president N. Srinivasan to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has bound India to a commitment to play Pakistan in December this year, leading to dilemma for the BCCI as well the Narendra Modi government.
“Further to our meetings and discussions over the past few weeks regarding the bi-lateral tours between India and Pakistan, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) hereby agree that the senior men’s cricket teams of India and Pakistan will play each other as per the schedule...,” said the letter from Sanjay Patel, the then BCCI Secretary to Najam Sethi, the then Chairman of the PCB and now a senior functionary of that board.
For BCCI, failing to meet the commitment could lead to adverse legal ramifications as Future Tours and Programmes (FTP) is binding on both the nations. For the government, allowing the series is in view of the ongoing tension in India-Pakistan relations is causing a dilemma. Critics strongly opine that no cricket should be played with a country such as Pakistan, which is harboring terrorists and attacking soldiers on the border, on a regular basis.
The BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur has written to the Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to seek a view from the government. The government is reportedly weighing all options before taking any further decision.
However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has finally decided to stop pursuing the matter. “PCB decides to close chapter of Indo-Pak series”, says Shahryar Khan, the PCB Chief.