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Indo-Pak tour: BCCI seek government approval

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Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 12:42 [IST]
 
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BCCI awaits govt approval for Pak tour

New Delhi, Jun 13: Pakistan's Sialkot Stallions' participation in the Champions League T20 might have increased the hopes of reviving bilateral ties between the two countries India and Pakistan but BCCI awaits the Indian Government's nod to the proposal.

However, BCCI is not clear yet as it awaits Government's decision on the proposed series, while it also remains unclear if Pakistan players will be allowed to participate in the Indian Premier League as well.

Pakistan has been requesting the Indian Cricket Board repeatedly while the BCCI is not in a position to offer a solution as it awaits the Indian Government's decision on the same.

Despite the hectic schedule at home till March 2013, BCCI is keen on squeezing a one-off T20 against Pakistan but only after getting the approval from the government. Since it is related to arch-rivals Pakistan, BCCI need to get a 'go ahead' from the top most authority in the Government, in order to finalise the fixture and revive bilateral ties between the two countries.

It is learnt that BCCI officials are expected to meet the authorities to seek a clear directive regarding Pakistan's tour of India.

"We will announce the arrival of the Pakistani team only after the government gives us the nod to allow Pakistan players in India. As far as the BCCI is concerned, the Board will do whatever it takes to revive the series, but we can't commit when Pakistan will tour India," a top BCCI official, who didn't want to be named, told TOI on Monday.

Whenever a national team visits India for a series, the concerned team takes permission from the Home Ministry but BCCI cannot follow the procedure since the touring team is Pakistan.

So far, since the BCCI has invited Pakistan's Sialkot Stallions to participate in the Champions League T20, only that has some clarity while the rest of the issues will need more time to clarify as BCCI needs a green signal from the government.

Though they have got an invitation to participate in Champions League T20, Pakistan T20 champions may not play on Indian soil as South Africa is hosting the tournament later this year while the venue will be announced after the CLT20 governing council meeting scheduled on June 25 at Malaysia.

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