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No question of playing cricket with Pakistan, says BCCI chief Anurag Thakur

In the backdrop of the Uri terror attack, BCCI chief Anurag Thakur on Friday ruled out the possibility of reviving bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan in near future, saying even considering such a ‘thought is not appropriate’.

India TV Sports Desk, Kozhikode [ Published on: September 24, 2016 7:12 IST ]
No question of playing cricket with Pakistan, says BCCI
No question of playing cricket with Pakistan, says BCCI chief Anurag Thakur

In the backdrop of the Uri terror attack, BCCI chief Anurag Thakur on Friday ruled out the possibility of reviving bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan in near future, saying even considering such a ‘thought is not appropriate’. 

"In the context of what has happened even considering such a thought is not appropriate," he told reporters when asked if there is any plan to play cricket with Pakistan. 

There is no scheduled series with Pakistan this year, he added.

India's relationship with Pakistan has nosedived following the Uri terror attack amid an outcry for retaliation against the neighbour. 

Thakur, also an territorial army officer, pointed out that India can decimate Pakistan anytime but it is more important to isolate it globally. 

“India has defeated Pakistan in wars of 1965, 1971 and Kargil. It also defeated Pakistan in all World Cup cricket matches. It can decimate Pakistan anytime but it is more important to isolate it globally,” Thakur said.

India have not played bilateral cricket with Pakistan since 2012 when the arch-rivals clashed in a short bilateral series. Pakistan cricketers have also not been allowed to participate in the cash-rich Indian Premier League since 2009.

Last year, there were talks of a short bilateral series but plans were shelved after the governments of both sides failed to come to a conclusion on the venue.

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Group A

  • Teams Matches Wins Losses Points NRR
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  • Pakistan 2 1 1 2 +0.284
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