NEW DELHI: Union sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal, has backed the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI’s) decision to play a series against Pakistan in Srilanka.
News agency, ANI reported the minister as supporting the series to be held in Srilanka from December 15th. “Whatever plans or the initiatives that the BCCI undertakes, it needs to be supported by us. It is good to see that the BCCI’s initiatives are also focused on promoting relationship between nations”, the Asian News International (ANI) quoted Sonowal as saying.
Earlier, IPL Chairperson Rajiv Shukla has confirmed that the much anticipated Indo-Pak series will take place in Srilanka this month. The Indian team is expected to leave for Srilanka, a couple of days after the completion of the ongoing last test against South Africa. India, had already clinched the test series 2-0.
As per the MoU between the BCCI and the Pakistan cricket board in 2014, Pakistan will be hosting India for a full series of five ODIs, four tests and three T20s in December, 2015. However, the finalization of the series remained in question as the BCCI hesitated to play in UAE, Pakistan’s adopted home ground.
On the other hand, the PCB too has opposed the BCCI’s proposal to play in India. Eventually, the two boards have agreed to play the series, confirming Srilanka as a neutral venue. The series is expected start from December 15th.
According to the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two boards, India and Pakistan will have to play a total of six series between the period 2015-2023. Pakistan has not played a bilateral series against India, since 2012-13.