BCCI pushes for India-Pak cricket series

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IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla has defended the decision of the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) to play cricket with Pakistan, saying that if trade and business continue then why can’t India resume cricket ties with them. “I don’t think cricket should be dragged into political controversies. Sports should be kept away from this. If trade is going on, mangoes and sarees are being exchanged, then why oppose cricket,” said Shukla. When asked about the venue of the series, Shukla said that that PCB and BCCI have decided to play in Sri Lanka, subject to government’s clearance. BCCI is awaiting response from the Indian government on the fate of a much-talked-about series next month while Pakistan Cricket Board has got the clearance from their government. Sri Lanka has emerged as the neutral venue for the planned series which is likely to have three ODIs and two T20s, tentatively scheduled between December 15 and first week of January. Both countries have not played Test cricket since 2007 but Pakistan toured India in the winter of 2012-13 for a short limited-over series.

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