There’s always a humongous craze for the cricket matches between India and the arch-rival Pakistan. The craze for the Indo-Pak matches among the natives of both countries cannot be compared any other cricket encounters. However, the both cricketing nations haven’t been playing a bilateral series due to the issues related to terrorism. For Pakistan, the shutdown of cricket relations with India has brought not only cultural and emotional deprivation but also the financial loss, because it has cut them off from the colossal revenues generated from Indian media. Many sporting legends have been requesting the Indian government to resume the game between the two nations as sports and politics shouldn’t be mixed. Both the cricketing bodies are set to meet today in Dubai in order to discuss the MoU signed between the two countries in 2014.
However, the statements of Minister of Sports, Vijay Goel suggests that there are slim chances of the bilateral series between India and Pakistan. “India and Pakistan can’t play bilateral series till the terror from Pakistan remains,” Vijay Goel informed. “BCCI should speak to the government before giving any proposal to Pakistan. I have made it clear that bilateral cricket with Pakistan is not possible till the time there is the cross-border terror. We have, however, no say on multilateral events (ICC tournaments).” As India is adamant to play bilateral series with Pak, the PCB has sent a legal notice to BCCI claiming damages worth USD 60 million (Rs 387 crore approx) for not honoring the MoU designed to conduct five bilateral series between India and Pakistan between 2015 and 2023. It’s heard that BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary will try to explain and convince the PCB officials about the severity of the matter and series and can’t be held without the permission from the Indian government. He is also expected to request PCB to withdraw the case. However, if the PCB still remains adamant, the BCCI in no way will be paying them any compensation.