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Thatscricket - News - Government rules out review of pull out decision on ATC

Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: Government on Wednesday ruled out any review of its decision not to allow Indian cricket team to go to Pakistan to play in the Asian Test Championship. "Government has taken a policy decision, the Indian cricket team will not play in Pakistan in ATC and it cannot be changed to suit BCCI," Sports Minister Uma Bharti said here after inspecting the Chhatrasal Stadium for the upcoming Afro-Asian Games.[an error occurred while processing this directive]"Our purpose is to have peaceful relations with Pakistan and to avoid war-like frenzy during cricket matches between the two neighbours, this decision has been taken," she said.On whether Pakistan can play in India, she said, "it is yet to be decided".Asked if Tuesdays decision was a shift from its earlier stand allowing playing against Pakistan in multi-lateral tournaments at regular venues, Bharti said, "It is not my decision but a collective decision of the government and it is final. However policies need to be reviewed from time to time. You can't take a rigid policy decision especially in sports." Referring to Pakistan's refusal to change dates of the Champions Cup hockey tournament so that Asian Giants Pakistan and South Korea could participate in the Afro-Asian Games, she said, "if they cannot accommodate us, why should we go out of our way to do so".Asked if India can play in triangular matches anywhere outside Pakistan, Bharti said, "we will decide on a case to case basis but no bilateral matches can be played"."If BCCI comes up with a proposal regarding triangular matches we will then decide," she added. PTI

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