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BCCI Seeks Government Clearance for Playing Pakistan in Bilateral Series

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) might play Pakistan in a bilateral series soon if they get a green signal from the Indian Government, a report in Wahcricket suggests.

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BCCI Seeks Government Clearance for Playing Pakistan in Bilateral Series

The news has come out after the SGM of BCCI where many key points were discussed, and many important decisions were made. The idea to look for a space to play Pakistan has come out as the biggest news though, as both the countries haven’t played any bilateral series from past five years.

It was in the year 2012/13 when Pakistan travelled to India for three ODIs and two T20Is. Since then, there has been no bilateral tie between the two countries despite the two countries were to play each other.

The final decision of Indian team playing Pakistan will, however, depend upon the stand of the Indian government.

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During the Asian Cricket Council meeting last year, BCCI had already floated an idea of playing a tri-series or quadrangular series with Pakistan as one of the teams.

The Indian government is unlikely to give the nod to BCCI, and there are bleak chances of them playing a bilateral series.

Coming to the Asia Cup 2018, BCCI is ready to let go the tournament out of India. Pakistan team is unlikely to travel to the country for the tournament and in all likelihood, it will be shifted out.

A few months back, the U-19 Asia Cup, which was to be played in Bangalore was shifted to Malaysia after objections from Pakistan. The next edition of Asia Cup will be played next year in September.

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