Sports Minister Vijay Goel rules out India-Pakistan cricket series

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The Indian board was represented by BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary, CEO Rahul Johri and General Manager (Cricket Operations) M.V. Sridhar while the Pakistani delegation was led by PCB Executive Committee head Najam Sethi.

The PCB had also demanded compensation close to United States dollars 60 million from the BCCI for not honouring the MoU signed when N. Srinivasan was at the helm of affairs in the Indian board. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Goel said that India can not play any bilateral series with their neighbours until terror emanates from Pakistan.

Pakistan did tour India for a short limited-over series in December 2012 but the arch-rivals have not played a full bilateral series since 2007. According to the MoU, the two teams were slated to play five bilateral series between 2015-2023.

Goel added that the cricket board must talk to the Indian government before proceeding with any proposal for the series.

"We still remain committed to playing, "but the position doesn't change: the series can not go ahead without the permission of the government of India".

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"India Pakistan can't play bilateral series till the terror from Pakistan remains, "ANI quoted Goel as saying".

"Let me clear that the PCB's case is strong and we will go to the last stage to win at the ICC level since it is our right to demand justice".

The financial health of the cash-strapped PCB depends to a large extent on a bilateral series with India. After receiving the notice, the BCCI sought the government's permission again, which it conveyed to the PCB.

The cash-strapped PCB's finances heavily depend on a series with India, which would mean a financial windfall for the nation, where no global cricketing activity has taken place since a terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009.

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