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BCCI awaiting response from government regarding playing Pakistan

Anurag Thakur, BCCI President
Anurag Thakur, BCCI President. (Photo by Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has revealed that they are currently waiting for the Indian Government before they play Pakistan in a bilateral series. The two boards have recently been locking horns over playing each other in a bilateral series with the Indian board choosing to boycott the series given the massive political tensions between the two nations going on at the moment.

However, in spite of all this, the Women’s teams are currently playing each other in Thailand, but the men’s teams have not faced each other an awful lot. In the last two years, the Indians have faced Pakistan only a handful of times. The last ODI they played against each other was in the 2015 edition of the World Cup which saw the Indians pick up a win at Adelaide.

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In 2016, India has played Pakistan on three occasions all of which were T20 internationals. Two of these T20Is came in Bangladesh which saw the Indians lay claims to wins yet again. They then went on to play each other once again at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata another match that saw Virat Kohli steal the show with some impeccable batting.

Since 2009, the Pakistan Cricket Board has buckled to the financial pressures of not playing much cricket at home. In the last six years, since the ban has been imposed, only Zimbabwe has toured Pakistan to play a bevy of ODIs and T20Is. However, in spite of all this, the fact of the matter remains that most of their cricket is played at the middle-east, something that sees a dearth of international cricket in the isolated country.

However, with politics playing its part, there is little the BCCI can do. “We’re waiting for the government’s response and after that, we will decide about the appeal,” said a top BCCI official saying that an appeal is a possible next step.

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