After listening to what the Indian government officials had to say about the India-Pakistan bilateral series in December, one would feel it is highly unlikely that the much-anticipated encounter will get a green signal from the Centre.
"They have jumped the gun," a senior government leader was quoted as saying by The Times of India. The leader also added that the revival of cricketing ties with the neighbouring nation is not required at this moment as Pakistan continues to support terror activities.
After Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Shashank Manohar and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan met at the ICC headquarters on 21 November, the two boards agreed to play a short limited-over series at a neutral venue.
Sri Lanka Cricket was approached by the PCB to host this series, and they agreed as well. Two stadiums have also been alotted for the series. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has also given a nod to the PCB to send the players to Sri Lanka to play against India. Clouds are now looming over the much-awaited series as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to take the final call on it. If he says no, there is now way the BCCI will be able to send Indian players to Sri Lanka for the ODI and T20 series against arch-rivals Pakistan.
Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla had earlier said the India vs Pakistan series was likely to begin from 15 December only if the Indian government gives a green signal. He had added that cricket and other sports should be kept away from political and diplomatic issues.
"Sports should not be dragged into political and diplomatic controversies. We cannot decide on the series with Pakistan without the consent of the government. That is why we have written to the government and are awaiting its response. The moment we get the response, we will let everyone know," Shukla was quoted as saying by PTI.
BCCI officials, however feel this series will not take place in December. Cricketers from both nations will miss out on some exciting action and most importantly fans from these two cricket-loving countries will yet again be deprived. All we can do is hope Modi gives a nod to this series!