Pakistan bilateral series unlikely to govt nod, says minister Hansraj Ahir

Earlier in the day, there were some claims that the BCCI had approached the Indian government over the possibility of India playing Pakistan in the latter's adopted home of the UAE.

While India is awaiting government approval for resuming cricketing ties with Pakistan, Sarfraz Ahmed has come up with a freaky reason as to why India doesn't want to play cricket with their arch rivals.

Smith had apologised at the end of Dharamsala Test and conceded that emotions got the better of him several times in the series which Australia lost 1-2.

According to the current ICC rankings, India are rated 1, 4, and 2 in Tests, ODIs and T20Is respectively while their neighbours find themselves at 5, 8 and 6 in the corresponding rankings. Also, there is the FTP agreement that needs to be fulfilled and that's why the board is willing to travel to Dubai to play a series against Pakistan. "Our players will now take a well-earned break, before we look forward to the ICC Champions Trophy in England", Peever concluded.

The result, which gave South Africa a 1-0 series win, earned Faf du Plessis's side two ranking points and helped the Proteas move one point ahead of Australia in second place. "If the Indian Government says okay, we will talk to the Pakistan Government", he said. The two teams last faced each other in March, 2016, in a World T20 match, which India won.




The hard-fought series also ended with plenty of acrimony on the field with India captain Virat Kohli declaring that his friendship with Australia's cricketers was over.

Ahir was responding to reports that the BCCI has written to the Home Ministry seeking permission to play Pakistan in Dubai.

Last year, Australia suffered a 3-0 whitewash in Sri Lanka before Steve Smith's men were beaten at home in the first two tests by South Africa.

Due to political stand-offs and frequent incidents along the Line of Control (LoC), bilateral cricket ties between the two nations have been pushed to the back burner.

Confirming the news, MV Sridhar was quoted saying by The Indian Express, "Yes, India would be sending a team to the tournament".

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